APS is lighting up schools and racking up energy savings thanks to bond funds approved by Aurora voters in 2008.
Bond-funded energy efficiency projects are expected to save the district nearly $1.3 million over a three-year period. The ultimate goal is to achieve a five-year savings of $2.5 million by June 2015.
Lighting upgrades at schools throughout the district are among the most visible of the energy improvements. These projects are replacing outdated, inefficient lighting with new technology that increases light output and quality, using only a fraction of the energy. APS recently completed lighting improvements for several high school and middle school auditoriums. The auditorium projects alone are projected to save more than $27,000 per year in energy, annual maintenance and replacement costs.
Besides energy and cost savings, the lighting projects dramatically improve the learning environment, safety and security for students and staff.