Zero Energy School Year
Posted on 08-24-2020
It's back to (zero energy) school, and energy consumption can be cut by 60%-80% in such schools. In conventional school buildings, a big portion of tax payer money goes toward utility expense with energy being the second largest expense to schools.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Better Building Initiative has helped save nearly $11 billion in energy cost savings.
Click on the following links to learn more about how schools are improving how they operate on a zero energy plan.
Discovery Elementary is Arlington County's first zero-energy school, saving $100,000 annually in utility costs.
This link gives guidelines for how to get K-12 schools on a zero energy plan including office space, class rooms, libraries, gym, hallways and more.
A guide that was originally developed by DOE's ZESA, it outlines 8 steps to create a zero energy school.
To learn more about Zero Energy Schools visit the Better Buildings U.S. Department of Energy website: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/accelerators/zero-energy-schools
(photo credit: Better Buildings website)
Did You Know?
Hydropower is energy that comes from the force of moving water. The word "hydro" means water. Hydropower is a renewable energy source too. It is also a clean and environmentally friendly source of energy. There is no fuel to burn so there are no harmful emissions put into the air.