Smart Energy Strategies for Institutions of Higher Learning


How to Manage Costs in the Education Sector

State funding for higher education has plummeted since the 2008 recession, falling almost $17 billion to roughly $70 billion in the 2012–2013 school year. That same year, colleges and universities shelled out more than $14 billion for facility operations and maintenance costs—with upward of $7 billion of that going directly toward energy. In this tough economic climate, it is essential for colleges and universities to take a careful look at their fixed costs, and energy expenditures should be high up on the priority list.

Undoubtedly, energy savings programs have already been implemented across your campus, but what else could you be doing? You need to be looking ahead for the next series of options. For a time-stressed administrator, finding viable new options can be challenging without campus-wide support and an energy supplier experienced at providing comprehensive solutions.

This guide offers insights and strategies that will help you take a proactive approach to energy savings and cultivate the support you need to significantly lower usage and costs.

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