Savings at a Glance
By participating in the BGE Energy Solutions for Business and Building Tune-up programs, Harford County Public Schools was able to upgrade the lighting and HVAC systems in 42 of its schools to reduce energy costs and improve the learning environment for students and teachers.
Located about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is the educational home for more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials there believe that providing students with a 21st century education requires a 21st century learning environment. Perhaps that’s why the sustainability of its facilities ranks among HCPS’s core values.
Leading its sustainability initiatives is Andrew Cassilly. As resource conservation manager, Cassilly works with the individual facility managers to use resources wisely and minimize operating costs. With the help of BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program®, HCPS recently completed upgrades to improve energy efficiency in 42 schools, a step that will cut energy use by more than 10 million kilowatt-hours and save an estimated $1.2 million annually in energy costs.
- The new LEDs above this walkway are so bright HCPS could reduce the number of fixtures needed.
- LED lighting in this theater allows for dimming and greatly reduces maintenance costs.
- Sensors in this elementary school library enable lighting by zones for use by small groups.
- High-efficiency T5 fluorescent lights brighten up this gymnasium.