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LED Luminaires Provide
Lesson in Energy Savings
by Mark Bolton, IESNA
Photos courtesy of Kenall Lighting
A DISTRESSING FACT FACES THOSE
WHO OPERATE K–12 EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S (DOE’S)
AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY’S (EPA’S) ENERGYSTAR, PRIMARY
AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE
SPENDING A STAGGERING $6 BILLION
ANNUALLY ON ENERGY—MORE THAN
ON TEXTBOOKS AND COMPUTERS
COMBINED. THIS EQUATION IS
DISTURBING, AND THERE ARE WAYS TO
LOWER SCHOOLS’ UTILITY COSTS.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) Build Green Schools website:
If a green school saved $100,000 per year in operational
costs, it is roughly enough to hire two new teachers, buy
200 new computers, or purchase 5000 new textbooks.
Additionally, USGBC has determined if all new school
construction and renovations went ‘green’ today,
energy savings alone would total $20 billion over the
California is the nation’s largest school system with
more than 10,000 schools, 70 percent of which are
more than two decades old. According to the
California Energy Commission, schools in the state
spend $700 million a year—or nearly three percent
of their total budget—on energy. By employing
energy efﬁciency in the state’s schools, the system
could reduce energy bills by 20 to 40 percent, leaving
funds for other educational priorities.
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