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Energy Spending and Saving in Schools

The only thing American public school districts spend more on than energy is salaries. Textbooks, computers, extracurriculars and supplies–all things we associate with learning and schools–are trivial in the budgets. Though it seems unbalanced in our eyes, there are many reasons why schools have to spend such an obscene amount on energy yearly–mainly on heating, cooling, plug loads and lighting. The average public school...

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Saving Energy One Volt at a Time

Saving Energy One Volt at a Time

As the world moves towards a greener mindset, it isn't a far stretch to say this decade will be defined by the word conserve. With companies such as Cenergistic (formerly known as Energy Education) leading the charge in improving energy savings. The Dallas, Texas-based firm is dedicated itself to helping schools k-12 in 85 school districts around the country in reducing energy, and takes its fee as the percentage of savings.

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New York City Buildings Go Green

New York City Buildings Go Green

The Big Apple is raising the bar on environmental standards, as a growing number of businesses make conscious efforts to go green. As new buildings are developed, construction workers and business owners can work together to ensure buildings are LEED certified. However, even among existing buildings, owners are working with contractors to change existing measures and become LEED certified as well. The Empire State Building is one such project, headed by Anthony Malkin. Two years ago, the building went through a $20 million renovation, which reduced energy usage by over 35 percent, and saved roughly $4.4 million per year. Now more than ever, building owners are able to see going green as a business imperative—something that can provide a competitive advantage that helps the company’s bottom line and is socially responsible as well.

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