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  • K-12 school districts in the U.S. spend about $8 billion on energy annually

https://bizenergyadvisor.com/schools

  • Space heating, cooling, and lighting account for nearly 70% of total energy use in typical K-12 school buildings

https://bizenergyadvisor.com/schools

  • A survey by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities shows that K-12 buildings in major U.S. cities have a combined $60 billion in repair, renovation, and deferred maintenance needs

http://www.ncef.org/rl/mo_costs.cfm?date=4

  • A national survey of school nurses found that more than 40% knew children and staff that were adversely impacted by avoidable indoor pollutants

http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/Documents/FactSheetPK12PublicSchoolFacilityInfrastructure.pdf

  • According to the American Association of School Administrators, many K-12 school districts have taken the following steps due to decreasing budgets:

    • Deferred maintenance

    • Less heating & cooling

    • Outsourcing of maintenance

    • Reduced operations

    • Closing schools

http://asumag.com/Maintenance/efficient-maintenance-operations-departments-201106

  • The U.S. federal government’s Better Buildings Initiative is working to make K-12 schools 20% more energy efficient by the year 2020

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/solutioncenter/pdfs/financing_energy_upgrades_k-12.pdf

  • Low-tech/Low-cost strategies to save energy in K-12 schools:

    • Develop and implement an energy awareness program

    • Coordinate an energy competition

    • Optimize HVAC and lighting through proper scheduling

http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/BCCI-6576/2013-2014/7%20-%20April%201,%202014/Presentations%20and%20Handouts/5a%20-%20Tesiero%20-%20Low-Cost%20Strategies%20to%20Save%20Energy%20in%20K-12.pdf

  • Of the $8 billion spent by K-12 schools annually on energy, $2 billion can be saved by improving energy efficiency – an amount equivalent to the cost of nearly 40 million new textbooks

http://www3.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/k-12_guide.pdf 

  • On average, green K-12 schools save $100,000 per year on operating costs – enough to hire at least one new teacher, buy 200 new computers, or purchase 5,000 textbooks

http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/green-schools-are-better-budgets

  • Benefits of energy efficiency programs in K-12 schools:

    • Lower gas and electricity bills

    • Enhance indoor air quality

    • Improve student performance

    • Increase security and safety

    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions & other environmental impacts

http://class5energy.com/blog/the-benefits-of-energy-efficiency-programs-in-k-12-schools/