Help EcoStudents Improve Learning Environment and Reduct Energy Consumption
High Desert Montessori School’s EcoStudents want to improve the light levels and learning environment in their school.
To do this, the students will work with NV Energy’s Energy Smart Schools team to replace their existing fluorescent lights with LED lights. Under the NV Energy program schools receive incentives for high-efficiency lighting and controls
Studies have shown that LED lighting not only improves students’ performance it reduces energy consumption. In one study student test scores improved by more than 25%. In addition, unlike fluorescent tubes, LED lamps do not contain mercury which causes expensive disposal and recycling issues.
Students hope to raise $8,500 to purchase and install the Linear LED lamps. The 60,791 kWh saved annually will provide the school an estimated $6,687.05 in annual utility cost savings!
BY THE NUMBERS . . .
Fixtures retrofitted to LEDs = 457
Estimated cost of retrofit = $8,463.57
Annual kWh Savings = 60,791 kWh
Rebate received = $3,040
Annual Energy Savings = $6,687
Time to payback = 9.5 months
This is equivalent to removing 9.7 passenger cars from the road, 4.9 homes’ energy use for one year, and 0.247 railcars worth of coal burned according to the EPA calculator.