ENERGY STAR® Energy Efficiency Treasure Hunt

Energy Efficiency Treasure Hunt
Conduct an Energy Efficiency Treasure Hunt at Your School
For more information, view the ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual, Chapter 10: K-12 Schools.
Energy Management Program
Room for
Location (ex.
improvement? Classroom 101)
Starting Question(s)
Has your school implemented a lighting upgrade in the past 5 years?
ENERGY STAR qualified lighting in place
Lights are off in unoccupied rooms, gymnasiums, and at athletic fields
Natural light used where possible instead of artificial lighting
Window shades in place to regulate light and block excess heat
Appropriate lighting levels are used*
Efficient light fixtures in place (T5, T8, LED, CFLs)*
Electronic ballasts in place (not magnetic)
Occupancy sensors (if present) set to short turn-off time
LED “Exit” signs installed
Light fixtures are clean (to allow light through)
Room for
Location (ex.
improvement? Classroom 101)
Room for
Location (ex.
improvement? Classroom 101)
Room for
Location (ex.
improvement? Classroom 101)
Energy management program in place
School has an energy efficiency goal or target
School is consistently benchmarked in EPA’s Portfolio Manager
School has a designated staff person responsible for energy management
Communication plan in place to promote energy management program
Summer shutdown program in place (if school unoccupied during summer)
School has an active energy or energy efficiency club or committee
Energy efficiency included in science curriculum
Computers, Copiers, and Printers
ENERGY STAR qualified computers, monitors, printers, and copiers in use
Computers set to hibernate when not in use, and turned off overnight
Computers turned off overnight (not just in sleep or screen saver mode)
Monitors, printers, and copiers turned off when not in use
Power save settings activated on computers
Equipment plugged into power strips for easy disconnect from power source
Other Appliances
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, including kitchen equipment, in use
Refrigerators seal tightly when closed
Freezers seal tightly when closed
Unused appliances are unplugged or on a power strip that is shut off
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Classrooms free of duplicate appliances in classrooms (e.g., mini-fridges or
space heaters)
Rechargeable devices unplugged once charged
Vending machines turned off or put into sleep mode at end of day
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Starting Question(s)
What type of heating and cooling does your school use?
How old is your school’s HVAC equipment?
Has it ever been retrofitted?
How regularly is maintenance conducted on the equipment?
Ventilation units are not blocked by books/papers/other materials
Windows and doors are closed when heating/cooling equipment is on
Windows and doors have adequate weather stripping to avoid air leaks
Windows are operable
Thermostat is set to an appropriate temperature based on season, local
weather conditions and humidity, and current occupancy
Temperature setback policy in place
Supply pipes* are insulated
Classrooms are free of space heaters
Electronics are located away from thermostats
Building Automation System (BAS) in place
BAS trend logs are available
Activities that are marked with
Room for
Location (ex.
Classroom 101)
may require support from your district’s Energy Manager.
Assessing your results
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Discussion questions
Were the problems you identified mostly due to equipment (inefficient lighting), or behaviors (lights on in empty classrooms)?
Review your checklist, then record your answer:
Record any other trends you noticed about energy-efficiency problems in your school. For example, were they mostly lighting
related? Did one area of your school have more problems than others?
For more information about energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR K-12 Toolkit, please contact us through Ask a
Question portal at
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