Lynch Elementary becomes first building to enact school-wide Energy Essentials plan

On Wednesday, members of the staff at Lynch Elementary School came together to view a presentation of the District’s Energy Essentials program. Facilitated by former LCS science teacher Brad Walker, the district-wide conservation program supports buildings in an effort to achieve a 10 percent savings year-over-year in energy costs. To give you an example of how lucrative a strong energy conservation plan can be for our District, consider this: if all our buildings hit the 10 percent make, LCS would save $100,000 in one year.

Each building that meets the annual 10 percent threshold will receive a monetary reward ($1,000 K-5, $3,000 middle school, $5,000 high school).

At the end of the presentation, the Lynch staff was instructed to develop an energy-saving checklist for the building as well as a plan to involve students in the race to 10 percent.

Here are the steps staff members identified as part of the building’s Energy Essentials to-do list:


  • Turn off personal computers, monitors, copiers, printers and fax machines when not in use.
  • Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off.  These “phantom” loads occur in VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers and kitchen appliances.  Phantom loads can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut power to the appliance.
  • There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors; they do not.  The best energy-saving strategy is automatic switching to sleep mode or manually turning monitors off.
  • We will work to get power strips for computer devices.


  • Turn off lights when not in use, even for short periods of time. Turning lights off and on uses less energy than if they are left on all the time.
  • Reduce light levels when there are no visual tasks.
  • Use daylight where and whenever possible and practical.
  • Monitor parking lot lighting (timers) throughout the year


  • School Theme for conserving energy:  “Every inkling makes a difference.”  (Dr. Suess book)
  • Daily reminders:  “Last one out, hit the lights”
  • Student Council recycling and monitoring end of the day checklist

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