A benchmarking study summary of Wisconsin k-12 school energy use by Focus on Energy and B3 Benchmarking released October 1, shows a 23 percent decrease in energy use between 2006 and 2018 that saves the school districts $40 million a year. Facilities managers that operate the buildings well have a more significant impact on energy use than building age or size. It identified an additional $8.2 million in savings were all schools to exceed current energy code and provided each school a list of opportunities to reduce their energy use even further. Overall, Wisconsin schools spend over $175 million annually in energy costs.
The benchmarking study measured energy consumption, energy costs and carbon emissions in 1,223 school buildings in 212 school districts across 94 percent of Wisconsin counties. Focusonenergy