EWSD Sees Increased Efficiency and Long-Term Cost Saving Opportunity with LED Light Program
February 5, 2020 In December 2019, the Essex Westford School District (EWSD) took part in a program for schools and businesses offered by Efficiency Vermont in partnership with Needham Electric based in Rutland, VT. Under the guidelines, schools and businesses had the opportunity to receive 200 free LED 2' x 2' flat panel lights based on size.
The EWSD qualified for 3,000 lights through the program and so far, about 200 light fixtures have been replaced at Essex Elementary, Founders Memorial, Essex Middle School, Hiawatha Elementary, Albert D. Lawton, Thomas Fleming, Summit Street, Westford, District Office West Campus, District Office East Campus, and school facilities at Founders Road.
In addition, the EWSD also received free 13,000 lumens high bay lights for school gymnasiums at Hiawatha, Fleming, ADL, EES, EMS, and Westford. The District purchased 27,900 lumens high bay lights for the EHS gym and hockey rink, plus the agricultural building - all at a fraction of the cost.
“The goal is to change out lights as time permits or as the old ones burn out, “ said Bruce Murdough, Director of Property Services. “We’ve installed LEDs at various schools in the District already and more will come.”
By replacing aging fixtures with LED lights, the District will see cost savings as LEDs use 1/10 of the power of traditional fluorescent bulbs. They are also dimmable and come with a 25-year lifespan and five-year warranty. They are a truly maintenance-free option for our schools that reduce energy costs and improve the school environment in our buildings.