According to two major studies, children attending schools that have been upgraded to energy-efficient LED lighting learn and perform better than those in schools with older, less efficient lighting. The fact that more efficient lighting uses less energy and saves money for schools, and the taxpayers who pay for them, has long been a given. The additional benefits of such an upgrade as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and by DNV-GL are spurring interest among educators, administrators and local governments in upgrading the way they light their schools.
The EPA and DNV-GL independently discovered this link between lighting and education in separate studies. According to the EPA, there is a direct correlation between replacing traditional lighting with LED lighting and increased student performance. In schools with newer and more efficient lighting, the EPA has concluded student productivity and learning can be 25 percent higher than in schools with older, less-efficient lighting.
The EPA's findings are corroborated by DNV-GL, an international organization that helps set standards and provides assistance and quality control in many fields, including energy production and use. Partnering with Franklin Energy, DNV-GL has implemented a business energy efficiency program assisting Consumers Energy, a Michigan-based energy company, to improve customer satisfaction by continuing to meet and exceed stated savings goals every year.
Both the EPA and DNV-GL conducted studies not just on schools that switched to more efficient LED lighting, but also on those that similarly upgraded their heating and air conditioning systems. They each found that these upgrades save on energy costs and costs associated with upkeep and repair of such systems, and also provide a healthier environment for students, teachers and others who attend and work in these schools. Better heating and air conditioning systems, for example, reduce humidity, cut down on mold and reduce exposure to harmful pathogens. Both studies report that such a healthier, cleaner environment reduces the number of sick days taken by students and teachers and improves their performance.
Many energy companies offer advice, price breaks and even rebates to schools and school systems that upgrade their heating, air conditioning and lighting systems, including Consumers Energy.
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