Nearly 70% of a typical school's energy use can be attributed to lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Reducing energy consumption in these areas by implementing energy efficiency measures or retrofitting old equipment is not only a smart way to save money but also a good teaching model for students, faculty and parents.
Programs and Incentives for Education
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® offers a variety of energy efficiency programs and incentives that can help schools cut costs. Incentives are available for such things as retrofitting classroom and office lighting, adding occupancy sensors, installing new HVAC equipment and performing building tune-up services, and upgrading kitchen and refrigeration equipment in cafeterias.
You can find incentives for these improvements and more through the programs listed below.
Maryland Clean Energy Capital Program (MCEC) offers funding for energy efficiency projects for nonprofits such as universities, hospitals and schools in Maryland. Learn more.
See how we’re helping other school facilities save energy and money.
- Towson University applied financial incentives to install high-efficiency equipment across its entire campus. Check out this video highlight.
- Harford County Public Schools upgraded the lighting and HVAC systems in 42 of its schools to reduce energy costs and improve the learning environment for students and teachers.