The Lake Stevens School District is actually saving their teachers’ jobs, buying more textbooks, and funding a new AP class because they can, due to energy conservation efforts.
Other schools are doing the opposite due to difficult financial times.
And what they did is just about one of the simplest, yet most effective, energy efficiency strategies: They simply turn things off when they are not using them.
Energy conservation is the cheapest way to save energy, with the lowest initial cost, as it doesn’t require the purchase of new appliances, building upgrades, or solar panels.
Not that the purchases mentioned are not helpful. They are another piece of the energy puzzle, but the easy step of turning things off when they are not needed is an obvious first step.
“The whole idea is when we’re not using anything its off,” said Barb Ossowski, an energy education specialist.
This reduced their energy usage by 34% since March 2010, translating to savings of $1.5 million.
“Keeping money in our own pockets for our school and our children and that’s what we’re in the business for,” said Ossowski.
“We’re also being good stewards of the environment,” she said.