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For an overiew of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) programs, visit www.wecandothis.com to learn about energy efficiency measures, renewable energy, and other eco-friendly programs.
SchoolsCalifornia schools account for almost four percent of all electricity used by PG&E customers in California. When schools reduce their usage, the potential to enhance power reliability throughout the state increases. Visit www.pge.com for more information on school-specific programs, including:
- Aggregator Programs
- Permanent Load Shift (PLS)
- Peak Day Pricing (PDP)
Energy Reduction Strategies
- Turn off all non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting, signage, window displays, and office equipment not in use (i.e., printers, copiers, shredders, coffee makers).
- Turn off all decorative features, such as fountains, lighting and ambient audio and video displays.
- Pre-cool work areas, then cycle constant air volume heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units or temporarily re-set static pressure in variable air volume HVAC, turn off ceiling fans and room fans, and raise temperature settings.
- Some facilities with package AC units can do load-cycling, temperature reset, and possibly pre-cooling.
- Turn off beverage vending machines and shift use of ice makers before or after an event.
- Conduct meetings during events to minimize use of equipment.
- Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment prior to an event, then unplug battery chargers and use only pre-charged equipment during an event.
- Adjust employee schedules and shifts so that times of increased production or energy use occur before or after planned events.
- Turn off food service equipment, non-essential office equipment, excess elevators and escalators (as permitted).
- Perform dishwashing and housekeeping tasks before or after an event.
- Turn off pool heating and pumps.