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AV Asset Management Helps Your School Go Green to Save Some Green

03 November 2020|Hannah Olson

According to ENERGY STAR a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency, the nation’s 17,450 K-12 school districts spend more than $6 billion annually on energy and as much as 30 percent of a district’s total energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily.

On any given campus, there are multiple devices that operate on the school's network that are left on overnight or even through the weekend and this hardware draws and wastes energy.

By implementing simple tools for remote av monitoring and av asset management, you can easily save your school thousands of dollars in energy bills and even more by putting into practice proper projector management.

Save up to 46% in energy expenditures per year

According to “E Source; from Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, 1999 data” in U.S. EPA, ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual, 2008, 46% of energy costs for a school are attributed to equipment and lighting.


Imagine if a projector was left on overnight twice per month and four times over a weekend during the school year. That translates into 480 hours wasted each year, or 32% of a lamp's useful life. For a $300 projector bulb, that comes to $114. Wasted electricity for the 250- watt bulb over 480 hours comes to $48 assuming costs of 10 cents per kilowatt. A total of $162 per year, per projector. If you figure 75 projectors per campus, that’s over $12k in electricity and lamp-bulb life alone. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.

How do you solve this problem without having to individually visit each classroom, each night to turn off projectors? Simple. An integrated, networked audio visual controller. You can schedule automatic shutdowns of AV equipment, including projectors and classroom computers every evening. You can even schedule a second shut down later that night in case a teacher or two decides to stay later in their room.

Networked audio visual control systems allow for remote system diagnostics, and can track projector use and lamp life for each device. It also permits scheduling of routine maintenance and flags problems if a device isn't working. Energy management helps simplify maintenance and support, saving technical man hours and costs.

These savings are only the tip of the iceberg. Integrated, networked audio visual control systems like the FrontRow Conductor and ezRoom are powerful and robust. There are cost savings from an administrator's perspective and incredible time savings from a teacher's perspective. Adding easy access to controlling their technology via an av wall panel or desk-top software helps to create an efficient, high performance learning environment.

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