Class of 2016 MVPs in Education
June 3, 2016 | Posted in Energy Education
As the 2015-16 school year has drawn to a close, we’re bringing you the highlights of energy saving efforts made by schools and students. It was a busy and efficient year for education in West Central Ohio. Between DP&L energy efficiency rebates and the partnership with the Ohio Energy Project, schools and families have earned Savings Champion status in several ways.
Districts score big savings
DP&L business rebates continue to power smart investments for local school districts. Rebates incentivize schools to make efficiency improvements and score a faster return on investment. Plus, schools realize ongoing savings through lower electric bills. This past school year, K-12 schools in the DP&L service area earned 105 rebates totaling more than $1.8 million! They saved more than 10 million kWh which translates to more than $700,000 in savings on electric bills. The most popular measure taken to save money: interior LED tube lighting. Lighting typically accounts for approximately 31% of a school’s electricity usage, so replacing lighting with LEDs is a smart move for school administrators.
Several local school districts earned MVP status, saving more than 1 million kWh with DP&L energy efficiency rebates!
- Dayton City School District: nearly 2.8 million kWh
- Beavercreek City Schools: 1.8 million kWh
- Miamisburg City Schools: nearly 1.2 million kWh
- Northmont City School District: 1.1 million kWh
- Eaton Community Schools: nearly 1.1 million kWh
We would also like to recognize several districts for their hustle and dedication, submitting multiple rebates:
- Marysville Exempted Village School District: 14
- Washington Court House City School District: 7
- Eaton Community Schools: 6
- Huber Heights City Schools: 6
- Greenville City Schools: 5
Taking efficiency education home
DP&L partners with Vectren and the Ohio Energy Project with the Be E-3 Smart program. This program educates teachers and students about energy and being energy efficient. During the 2015-16 academic year, 133 teachers from 93 schools participated in the program. The teachers represent 53 districts in 14 counties, reaching more than 9,000 total students!
Students were given take-home kits with energy efficient measures to install and score energy savings. In total, these kits saved more than 4 million kWh, equivalent to removing 600 cars from the road for a year. When installed, the kits will save families $54 per year on their energy bills. With more than 9,000 kits passed out to students, that’s a whopping $486,108 in savings scored by families!
A highlight of the Be E-3 Smart program each year is the Energy Fair at the University of Dayton. High school student leaders prepare by attending an Energy Summit, where they learn how to teach energy lessons and engage younger students. After weeks of practicing, the student leaders put their news skills to the test at the Energy Fair where elementary students learn about energy from the older students. The kids-teaching-kids model allows older students to gain leadership experience while the younger kids learn about energy from high school role models. This year 120 high school student leaders from schools taught 475 students from 6 schools.
We heard from several students and teachers about their experience at the Energy Leadership Summit:
DP&L and Vectren also awarded 3 scholarships for $1,000 to graduating high school seniors. Read more about the Energy Leadership scholarship recipients.
Check out photos from the Energy Fair and some of the education rebate presentations from the 2015-16 school year below. Get tips to save on your electric bill and information about DP&L discounts and rebates at dpandl.com/save.