ERIC Number: ED261818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Energy Conservation in Small Schools. Small Schools Digest.
Information concerning methods and available materials for conserving energy is needed by small, rural schools to offset continued increasing energy costs and lack of financial support and technical assistance. The first step in developing an energy conservation policy is to obtain school board commitment and to establish an energy saving policy. Next, an energy coordinator should be appointed and commitment and involvement of school and community members enlisted. An energy audit focusing on human, structural, lighting, mechanical, and special systems should occur and generate data on annual energy costs, climate conditions, and building strengths and weaknesses. Based on the audit, achievable goals should be set. Inexpensive energy conservation practices can include lowering thermostats and water temperatures; removing decorative/unnecessary lights, caulking and/or weatherstripping windows/doors; limiting/consolidating evening activities including custodial work. Conservation methods requiring small capital outlays include installing smaller, well insulated windows, adding vestibules at outside doors; switching to fluorescent, sodium or mercury lamps; planting shade trees; installing heat recovery equipment and attic fans; repairing leaking faucets; repainting/resurfacing roofs to increase reflectiveness; developing vacation shutdown procedures. Energy saving school rescheduling programs, including the successful 4-day week, can be implemented. References and sources of additional information and available materials are provided. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.