Reading, writing and energy efficiency

Reading, writing and energy efficiency

Summary: After contemplating various school energy efficiency initiatives -- made possible through technology -- I'm becoming more and more convinced some ongoing budget woes could be addressed through heightened attention not just to electricity consumption but to the potential for renewable energy sources. Why waste money on power when you could save a teaching position?

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After contemplating various school energy efficiency initiatives -- made possible through technology -- I'm becoming more and more convinced some ongoing budget woes could be addressed through heightened attention not just to electricity consumption but to the potential for renewable energy sources. Why waste money on power when you could save a teaching position?

Let's take some of the things we're learning in the commercial world about data center optimization, desktop power management, server consolidation, and paper consumption reduction and get those best practices out quickly into public schools. If green tech becomes habit for kids at the elementary and high school level, imagine the good they'll do when they bring these habits into the workplace.

Topics: Hardware, Data Centers, Storage

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  • Smart Office Energy Solutions

    You're dead on! We saved a school district $500k/year by
    automatically shutting off power to computers, office
    equipment, and vending machines nights and weekends.
    Teacher jobs were saved in a very down revenue year. It's
    not about making sacrifices; it's just about being
    smarter!

    http://SmartOES.com
    guido032379
  • Publish Results For Analysis

    Unless this article masks as a shill adverrtisement, start to be concerned about readership if it is, then publish quantifiable results as to implementation costs, lifecycle costs, and return on investment over the lifecycle period as well as comparing to better employee habits. The website leaves much to question and doesn't mention any school district that happened to save anything.
    donnydo77@...
  • Here's Your Results

    @donnydo77 - I'm pretty sure this quick article wasn't a "shill advertisement" since she didn't mention any products. But the author calls out a good point that big savings are happening in corp. America that schools should think about. You want examples, check out:

    http://greenzu.com/light-savings

    According to this lighting calculator, if a school had 10 classrooms each with 10 lights, it could save $3,600 a year, with an up front cost of $8K. That's a 2.3 year payback. Most CFOs would consider that project a no brainer.

    -Brandon
    Brandon999