By David Pospisil
Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets
July 11, 2012


Making schools energy efficient need not be an exercise in sacrifice. Schools can get the same or better services, as well as increase the health and comfort of students and staff, all while using less energy.


The first step is to get an energy assessment that can help identify and prioritize opportunities for substantial energy and operational savings. Once these opportunities are identified, a school can develop a customized plan to reduce energy use, replacement and operating costs, and their carbon footprint. Common energy-saving measures for schools include installing high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls; heating, cooling and ventilation equipment; and motors, controls and variable frequency drives.


Incentives from government and/or utility-based programs may be available to help pay for the cost of an energy audit and/or energy efficiency upgrades. These rebates and incentives help schools lower the capital investment required to implement energy-saving strategies and technologies, as well as provide an attractive return on investment and payback due to savings on maintenance and energy costs.


In New York City and Westchester County, for example, schools with a Con Edison electric or natural gas account may be eligible for the following incentives from Con Edison’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program:

  • Payment of up to 50% of costs, with a cap of $67,000, for a Level 3 energy audit
  • Rebates for high-efficiency electric and gas equipment including lighting fixtures and LED exit signs, packaged heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, motors, chillers, and water and steam boilers
  • Performance-based custom incentives for installing high-efficiency equipment or energy-saving solutions not eligible for equipment rebates


Check to see what funding may be available in your area.

The Con Edison Green Team has an energy efficiency program available for almost every customer. To learn which program is right for you, call the Green Team at 1-877-860-6118 or visit


David Pospisil is Program Manager of Con Edison’s Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, New York, N.Y. You can join the discussion on LinkedIn (Con-Edison-Commercial-Industrial), Facebook (ConEd Green Team C&I), Twitter (ConEd Green Team C&I) and YouTube (ConEd Green Team C&I).


2 Responses to “How schools can use less energy & spend less money, without the sacrifice”

  1. Shinya Asami says:

    Regardless of type of building, there is one totally neglected area for energy efficiency upgrade. That is the “windows”.
    We have a proven and the most cost effective solution. In fact, this solution has been tried and proven by one of the Pacific Northwest public school district. The record showed more than 15% of savings in heating and cooling bill.
    The product is the “Clear Thermal Glass Coating”, which my company imports from abroad.
    If anyone is interested to try, or find out more about this product, please let me know. We are currently working to establish a network of qualified service contractors.
    Thank you.

  2. Our school is lauing off staff to save money. How many jobs could be spared by saving energy? We get to find out this year as we are doing our first energy audit in the fall.

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