Pulling the plug on school waste

An energy audit by Hunting Hills High School students suggests the Red Deer Public School District could save thousands of dollars by turning off TVs and computers when school isn’t in session.

An energy audit by Hunting Hills High School students suggests the Red Deer Public School District could save thousands of dollars by turning off TVs and computers when school isn’t in session.

The Environment Club at Hunting Hills did an energy audit over the past few months to determine how much energy electronic devices were using at Hunting Hills High School.

The biggest drain on power turned out to be the 203 computers at the school.

Leaving the 203 computers on standby mode for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year costs the district more than $11,000, according to the students’ audit. Grade 12 student Quin Stotz said by having the computers on just six hours a day, during the 197 teaching days, it would only cost a little over $1,400.

Also sucking up energy were the school’s 76 televisions. Stotz said the television monitors are often left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. He said per year it costs the school close to $3,600 to power the TVs.

But Grade 12 student Andrea Kozak said if the televisions were on for just six hours a day during the 197 teaching days, it would only cost the district $485 to power them.

In all, the students found more than $12,000 in savings — without including printers, overhead machines and other devices at the school — if TVs and computers were turned off when school was out for the day, weekend or summer.

Stotz and Kozak were inspired to be more environmentally friendly after visiting Europe on student exchanges. Kozak spent time in Spain and Stotz lived in Norway.

The audit was done using a kilowatt energy metre that plugs into the electronic device and then plugs into the wall. The device gives a reading of the cost and energy output per hour, day and year.

Stotz said the energy audit was done to raise awareness. “It would be great if we could see more environmental awareness at our own school and at a district level.”

Red Deer Public School trustee Lawrence Lee encouraged the students to reach out to other community groups such as ReThink Red Deer and also share their findings with Alberta Health Services, which could benefit from seeing what a difference turning off electronic devices could make to them as well.

sobrien@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Open house on proposed addictions treatment centre to be held at former Red Deer nightclub

Community is invited to learn more about the $2-million project on May 2

Red Deer looks to be creative to attract business downtown

Co-op to close downtown store after 56 years

Central Alberta artist wins $25,000 for his hectare-sized caricature

Dean Foster says he’s thrilled to win the radio station contest

Family: A potpourri of Easter egg hunts, music and politics

The election is a thing of the past. Albertans have spoken. They… Continue reading

Sri Lankan-Canadians mourn victims of terrorist attack in their homeland

Sri Lankan-Canadians were gathering Monday to mourn those killed in a massive… Continue reading

Residents along Saint John River told to remain on alert as floodwaters rise

FREDERICTON — People who live along New Brunswick’s Saint John River are… Continue reading

Prince Edward Island voters to cast verdict on new electoral system

CHARLOTTETOWN — Canadians are expected to learn late Tuesday whether the cradle… Continue reading

Early, photogenic iceberg raises expectations for Newfoundland’s season

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — This historic port city welcomed an unexpected early… Continue reading

Captain Ghislaine Landry leads Canada to victory at Kitakyushu Sevens

KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Captain Ghislaine Landry scored with no time remaining and… Continue reading

Marchand scores twice as Bruins force a seventh game with 4-2 win over Leafs

TORONTO — After a flying start in front of a raucous home… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby: Questions asked and answered

LONDON — The time is drawing near for the impending birth of… Continue reading

Most Read