“It’s better to enlighten a child than to light a school room.” – Thomas A. Edison
Students can help reduce energy cost by simply turning off the lights and closing the doors. Educational programs will help students understand the importance of saving energy, the benefits it has on the environment, and the benefits it has on the school’s budget. The less money allocated toward energy, the more money tha can be allocated towards new student programs and teacher incentives.
Lake Stevens School District comprised of 11 schools and located in Washington, initiated an Energy Education program and saved thousands of dollars in energy cost. The district is one of four in Washington to earn the Energy Star 20% Leader Award. The Award is given to school districts that have reduced energy consumption by more that 20%.
Cenergistic, formerly known as Energy Education Inc is based in Dallas, Texas and specializes in helping school operate more efficiently. As experts, Energy Education has the knowledge to work with school that need no-to-low cost solutions, such as, behavioral changes (e.g. turning off the lights and closing the doors). Schools work with Energy Education to develop strategies for community education issues and to inspire personal responsibility in energy savings.
“Without our partnership with EEI, we wouldn’t be where we are in terms of conservation and community responsibility,” said Barbara Ossowki, high school science teacher.
Lake Stevens School District reported $1,170,274 savings, an average of 35% for 221 months through the Energy Education Program – Saving in addition to other efforts.
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Energy Education builds “customized, comprehensive people-driven energy conservation programs,” which is ideal for school districts like Lake Stevens School District, higher education, and large churches. Energy education helps reduce overall consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and water, which results in the financial savings to increase education initiatives.