Electricity happens to be one of the most expensive commodities and it is really digging dip into people’s pockets. The schools are also not left out in the high rate of electricity bill and there is a need to come up with ways to save electricity. Lots of organizations are looking for ways to reduce the electricity they consume daily, this does not only have impacts on the environment, but the cost that is saved from the electricity can as well be channeled into something more critical. This is a common norm in business organizations and right now, it has extended to the educational sector. But saving electricity in schools is quite difficult because there are lots of students and teachers who make use of electricity daily and also the electrical equipment on the school premises is very high. However, there are still ways in which one can save electricity in schools which will be listed below.
Educate the students on the need to save electricity
If you want to save electricity in schools then the students should be educated on the advantages of saving electricity. Knowing how huge a school is, one cannot single-handedly control the usage of electricity, the help of the students is also paramount. They need to be aware of the reasons they are told to do certain things to save energy so they can wholeheartedly help in the process. Once the students have an understanding of saving energy, it will be extended to their home and environs, and they could also inspire the adults around them to do the same.
Use natural light
Why put on the light bulb during the day when you can use natural skylight? It is obvious that school hours fall during the day and as such, there is enough penetration of natural light. And most of the places students use the most which are hallways, libraries, and classrooms all have windows that could be opened to let in natural light, so during those periods, the electric light bulbs should be turned off to save energy. It only becomes necessary if there is a change in weather and climate, and probably everywhere gets dark.
Use LED bulbs
Led bulbs are energy-saving bulbs and consume a little electricity, unlike the other kind of bulbs that consumes lots of energy. Although these light bulbs may seem like it’s not really a big deal, be assured that they consume a large percentage of energy and if you look around most bulbs used in schools are not energy savers which makes the consumption of electricity very high. However, it is advised that all bulbs in the school premises should be changed to LED so that the consumption of electricity can be minimized. It might be difficult to consume a school to switch to LED bulbs because they are quite expensive, hence you should be able to help them look at the brighter side which is the fact that those bulbs may cost more, but they last longer and save the cost of electricity.
Switch off unused appliances
Appliances like projectors and computers are usually left in standby mode even when it is not in use which isn’t good because they consume a lot of electricity. Hence, students should be advised to put off any unused appliances before leaving the school premises to ensure saved energy. With the recent rise in technology, most schools use more computers for virtually everything they do, and research has made us understand that computer monitors consume more energy than every other part of the computer. Students should cultivate the habit of switching off computers after use, or better still, schools can introduce laptops because they consume less energy.
Despite the talks about saving energy and switching off all appliances including light bulbs to save energy, most people are still guilty when it comes to switching off light bulbs. It is always the last thing on the mind of various people. Therefore, the solution may lie in installing programmed timers like an electric outlet timer. Once a program timer is installed, the gadgets to be controlled should be channeled to it, and time should be set on when to turn on and off.
Saving electricity serves the purpose of saving costs for schools and also stop global warming. Where electricity is supplied from uses fossil fuel that emits green gas which is not healthy for the society. Basically, while trying to save costs by reducing the consumption of electricity, be aware that you are also saving the society at large. So while in school, take a look around you and switch off every appliance that is not in use and also use the above steps to ensure you are helping the school save electricity. Furthermore, be aware that these steps can also be practiced at home.