The Alliance’s PowerSave Schools Program empowers students to make a difference in the way their schools use energy. Energy costs are an enormous expense for U.S. schools – approximately $6 billion each year. In many schools, energy costs are second only to personnel costs, exceeding the cost of textbooks and supplies. What's worse, much of the consumed energy at schools is actually wasted.
PowerSave Schools students are educated about energy and the importance of energy efficiency, as well as trained to use a diagnostic toolkit that assesses the energy usage in their school. The school building becomes a learning lab for students to apply science, math and even language arts to solve a global problem.
Through basic changes in operations, maintenance and individual behavior, schools participating in the PowerSave Schools Program have achieved reductions in energy use of 5 to 15 percent. In addition, the PowerSave Schools Program encourages and equips students to promote the lessons of energy efficiency in their homes and communities.
The PowerSave Schools Program started in 1996 and currently is active in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida and Washington, D.C. Funding for the program comes from utility companies, municipalities and school systems.
If you would like to read some of our success stories, check out www.ase.org/resources/power-save-schools-success-book-2011-2012.