The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District plans to replace all of its interior and exterior lights with energy-saving LED lighting. The district will receive part of the funding from Proposition 39. Proposition 39, the California program approved in 2012, provides funding for educational agencies’ efforts to use clean energy and reduce energy consumption. The district projects that the new lighting will reduce electricity consumption by almost 1.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. So, from energy saving alone, it will pay for itself in about 12.5 years. The district also expects additional savings from reduced maintenance.
SMMUSD will begin the installation project this month. The district also intends to complete the installation in 2019. As part of the project, all incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and old lighting fixtures will be replaced with LED fixtures and bulbs. LED lighting and fixtures boast as much as 90 percent greater energy efficiency. Additionally, LEDs last longer and emit light in a specific direction, thereby reducing the amount of lighting needed for a given space.
The district will track energy savings through its monthly energy reports and energy dashboard. The energy dashboard records all district energy usage, as well as savings, and solar production. The dashboard can be viewed here: SMMUSD Energy Dashboard
Staff, faculty, and student behavior can also help maximize energy savings from the 16,911 new lamps and 4,752 new fixtures with simple measures such as turning off lights, closing doors, and powering-down technology when not in use.