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Why Should Schools Care About Energy Efficiency?

Energy efficiency is one of the simplest and most cost effective ways schools can save money—money that can be spent on the tools, provisions, and facilities needed to provide students with a high-quality education. Reducing a school’s energy bill can save the school much needed funds that it can use towards important building upgrades or improving its educational infrastructure. Not to mention, that using energy efficiently sets a positive example for a school’s students and community, encouraging them to use energy efficiently in the future and throughout their lives.

Proposition 39

Since it passed, Deco Lighting has been working in conjunction with the new California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39), to help schools throughout California reduce their energy bills. Prop. 39 is a state program that provides funding to education offices, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools to improve energy efficiency. In 2012, the passing of Prop. 39 closed a corporate tax loophole in California that is now generating over half a billion dollars in revenue each year, most of which is allocated for clean energy projects in K-12 schools and community colleges.

LED Lighting

Lighting is one of the easiest sources of energy expenditures to adjust and regulate; however, alarmingly, over 25 percent of a typical school’s energy consumption is attributed to lighting. LED lighting is the most energy efficient lighting technology on the market, and upgrading or retrofitting traditional lighting, such as fluorescent lamps, to LED is the most effective way to reduce the energy costs attributed to lighting. Deco Lighting offers several LED retrofit kits that simultaneously improve the quality of light and reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent when compared to fluorescent tubes. Deco’s Linea Troffer and Parabolic LED Retrofit Kit upgrades standard 1X4, 2X2, and 2X4 fluorescent troffers in as little as five minutes. Moreover, there is no need to go above the ceiling or remove any existing housing when installing Deco’s Linea Retrofit Kit, which prevents exposure to any asbestos that the ceilings of many old buildings and schools may contain. All of Deco’s LED solutions are also backed by a 10-year, 100,000-hour warranty, which includes labor.

To find out more about how Deco Lighting can help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs in schools, call us at (800) 613-DECO or visit www.getdeco.com.

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