DAYTON, Ohio, April 17, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Oak Hills Local School District, in partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, will upgrade all interior lighting to LED systems for an expected savings of more than $32,000 annually.
Oak Hills Local Schools
The improvements will be made to the district’s nine school buildings, as well as the administrative and transportation offices. The new LEDs will offer up to 75 percent savings over the existing fluorescent technology. They will also last 3 to 4 times longer, which will help the district reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.
In addition, LED lighting is easier on the eyes, which benefits students and staff alike. The quality of LED lighting is very close to natural daylight, and LEDs offer improved light distribution and lighting levels. The lighting is also free of the hum and flicker associated with fluorescents, making it an ideal system for special needs classrooms.
“At Oak Hills Local Schools, we take a very conservative approach to how we balance our operational needs against the expectations of our students, staff, and community,” said Jeff Brandt, Superintendent. “This project will enable us to save a tremendous amount of money on our utility bills, which we can redirect into the student programs and classroom activities that make us one of the top districts in the region. And we can do all of this without additional cost to our taxpayers.”
The district used the LED Lighting and Energy Savings Program through the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia (OCEPC). This program enables the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no additional expense to taxpayers while ensuring the best possible pricing.
The project will also enable the district to demonstrate leadership in energy conservation. The energy savings from the lighting upgrade will be equivalent to preserving 302 acres of trees or removing 198 cars from the road.
“We are proud to partner with Oak Hills Local Schools in making these relatively simple yet incredibly cost-effective turnkey improvements to the district’s lighting systems,” said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA, founder. “The district will be in a position to use the energy and operational savings to fund classroom programs or additional capital improvements, all without cost to taxpayers. That’s what we call win-win for Oak Hills students and the community.”