season is upon us. Teachers and students are preparing to enter a new classroom
and in some cases, a zero energy school building. A zero energy school operates
on energy that is less than or equal to the onsite renewable energy produced.
According to the
U.S. Department of Energy, the K-12 sector in the United States spends $6
billion annually on energy bills, which is more than textbooks and computers
combined. Zero energy design and construction provides an opportunity to
decrease spending on operation and maintenance of facilities, which can provide
savings for reinvestment in the classroom.
The Department of
Energy is working with K-12 schools to create facilities run on renewable
energy while providing a comfortable and inspiring learning environment for
teachers and students. The DOE’s Zero Energy Schools Accelerator, for example, provides school
districts with resources on how to achieve zero energy within the construction
budget of a conventional school. The Technical Feasibility Study for Zero Energy K-12 Schools shows how all schools across the
country can achieve zero energy with today’s technologies, regardless of
Zero energy design and
construction strategies serve as an opportunity for to school districts to
promote fiscal responsibility while redirecting saved tax dollars to
improvements that benefit students, teachers, and the districts as a whole.
For information on how WGL Energy can help your
school become more energy efficient, click here or call us at 1-844-4ASK-WGL.