March 17, 2009

Open Forum: Reduce Energy Consumption

. March 17, 2009

The purpose of this post is to be an open discussion of ideas to help reduce energy consumption at Woolridge Elementary School. I have posted some ideas and questions and would appreciate your feedback. Please click on "Comments" at the end of the post to participate.


  1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Does CCPS make CFLs available to replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs as they burn out? Would it be practical to replace the bulbs more proactively?
  2. Replace older fluorescent bulbs with more efficient bulbs. It appears that many of the light bulbs throughout the school are T12. Replacing these bulbs with T8 bulbs with high efficiency ballast can provide energy savings over 40%. These light bulbs also give off less heat so the HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard. Click HERE to see more detailed information. Would CCPS be willing to make the small investment to upgrade the ballasts to allow use of the more efficient T8 light bulbs?
  3. Provide light switch stickers to remind people to turn the lights off when leaving the room. Studies have shown that light switch stickers can reduce energy consumption and typically have a pay back period of only a few months. Would WES or CCPS be willing to purchase light switch stickers for the classrooms and other rooms?


  1. Adjust settings on computer to power off computer monitors and hard drives.




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