May 01, 2017

Energy Conservation @ Jackman

You may have noticed some spies roaming around the school on Friday.  Don’t worry.  There's no reason to be alarmed.  It was just Jackman’s Eco Team on a secret mission.  Their task? -To investigate how well Jackman is doing with energy conservation.  

Here’s what they discovered…
  • 60% of rooms had all lights off when there was no one in the room.
  • 21% of rooms had some lights off when there was no one in the room.
  • 19% of rooms had all lights left on, even though no one was in the room.
  • Some rooms (like rooms 104 and 201) had the lights turned off while working inside.  They prefer the natural light coming in from the windows.  Why not give it a try?
  • Some rooms (like rooms 208, 209, 102 and 311) were working with just half the lights on.  It seems to be just enough light.  Why not give it a try?
  • Similarly, other rooms (like the library, P1 and room 313) use ‘task lighting'.  Their lights are turned on in targeted areas where the work is going on.  Good idea.
  • Some rooms have motion sensors that turn off the lights after a few minutes.  That’s easy.
  • The office has so many small rooms and so many light switches and so many people coming and going.  It’s hard to get them all off.  But they’re trying.   Keep it up.
  • The light in the kitchen on the 1st floor is frequently left on.  We’ve got to do something about that.  
  • The 2nd floor kitchen and staff room had lights off most of the time.  That’s an improvement from last year. 
  • The 2nd floor gym, for some unknown reason, doesn’t even have a light switch.  The gym teacher needs to use a circuit breaker to turn the lights on and off.  What a hassle.  Call the electrician... it's time to renovate.    
  • Every classroom had their lights off at lunch.   Bravo.     
  • Jackman is such a busy school, it's actually hard to find empty classrooms with lights off at any time of the day. 
  • All of Jackman’s computers are set to go on stand-by in a reasonable amount of time.  That’s great.  
  • From what we could see, Smartboards and other electronics are usually turned off when not in use.  Well done!   
  • Apparently Jackman is obsessed with electric pencil sharpeners.   What every happened to the good ole fashioned manual pencil sharpeners? 
Way to Go Jackman.   You are doing well with energy conservation.  Of course, there's always room for improvement.  

We want everyone at Jackman will make a greater effort to use less energy at school.   Let’s create some new energy saving habits.   It's time to 'switch your thinking' about energy conservation.   


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