ERIC Number: ED208595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Energy Use in Community Schools. A Report.
National Community Education Association, Flint, MI.; Council of Educational Facility Planners, Columbus, OH.
During the winter many schools have closed, or been considered for closing, in efforts to save energy. This study assesses and analyzes the impact on energy consumption of operating school facilities on an extended-day and evening basis compared with closing facilities for specified periods. The two variables examined are the extended-day program and building occupancy. The computer-based Public School Energy Conservation Service (PSECS) program is used in an analysis of data from 1,462 Ohio schools; and the manual methodology developed by Huber Buehrer is used in detailed energy analyses of four Ohio schools. The differences in the methodologies are discussed and findings from both methods summarized separately both in test and tables. A glossary is included at the end of the report. Practical applications of these findings include the following: (1) the school and the community should be viewed as a single energy-use system since estimates suggest that more fuel is used in homes than is saved by closing schools; (2) the cost of extending the school day is minimal when viewed in terms of the benefits gained; (3) increased energy costs from extended-day programs are likely to be fully recoverable from increased efficiency in building operation and maintenance; (4) the most energy-efficient use of a building or part of a building is full occupancy; and (5) the school district should cooperate with other public bodies to assure efficient use of energy in all public facilities in the community. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Conservation, Extended School Day, Facility Utilization Research, Fuel Consumption, Measurement Techniques, Research Methodology, School Community Relationship, School Schedules
CEFP, 29 West Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: National Community Education Association, Flint, MI.; Council of Educational Facility Planners, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers: Buehrer (Huber); Energy Audits; Public Schools Energy Conservation Service