LED lights help area school district save money

LED lights help area school district save money


It’s easy to talk about the cost effectiveness and energy efficiency of LED lights, but the proof is in the numbers on a power bill.

George County School District Business Manager Cindy St. Amant has seen the district’s power bill go down since George County Middle School converted to LED lighting at the beginning of the year.

“Anyone interested in the program needs to do it,” St. Amant said. “We saw a 50 percent reduction in kilowatt usage for the month of January versus September of last year.”

At the March 3 meeting of the George County School Board, the district was presented with a $17,696 large business energy efficiency grant from Mississippi Power.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 36 percent of all U.S. electricity consumption and cost more than $190 billion in energy every year.

“Saving energy through our Energy Solutions programs can have several benefits for large commercial and industrial customers,” said Cindy Elder, Mississippi Power marketing sales representative. “This program is another great opportunity we have to serve our customers, especially schools, for which energy efficiency and low maintenance solutions are important.”

The lights save energy, and have a 12- to 15-year life span.

Cindy St. Amant agrees.

“The teachers and students love the lighting,” she said. “It’s much easier on their eyes and now some do not even switch on all the light systems. The hallway surveillance camera images are also much crisper and easier to view.”

LED lighting is just one of a number of ways large commercial and industrial businesses can become energy efficient. For complete details, click here.