Rock Canyon’s energy conservation efforts are lights out
HIGHLANDS RANCH - While the basketball court at Rock Canyon High School is certainly the site of some electric moments especially during the school year, it is an improvement in the rafters of the gymnasium that have students absolutely electrified.
Fueled by an interest in energy conservation and new LED technology the students in Rock Canyon’s Eco-Club approached Operations and Maintenance (O&M) with a proposal to install LED lights in the RCHS gymnasium.
Sometimes, however, great ideas are ahead of their time. Four years ago, when the students made their first pitch, the project would have been too expensive.The students didn’t give up and this year their idea became reality.
Working with O&M’s Office of Sustainability and electrical team, the students conducted a simple payback analysis, which indicated a payback period of 3.86 years for the $33,716 cost.
With a clear understanding of the project and the cost savings to be realized, O&M approved the proposal, with Sustainability funding 35 percent of the project. Students raised the remaining balance to fully fund the project.
In spring of 2016, DCSD electricians installed the LED lighting upgrade. Results were immediate - a 5 percent reduction in energy use the first month. The extended lifespan of LEDs means fewer maintenance calls, providing an additional savings of manpower and equipment.
WATCH: The efforts of Rock Canyon’s Eco Club were celebrated during 2016 Earth Week
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