Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mt. Zion Daycare update

During the summer, Megan, one of OED's program managers, and Emily, our summer intern, visited Mt. Zion Academy, one of OED's EECBG recipients.  Some of the projects included installing high-efficiency T8 light fixtures in place of old T12 fluorescents, replacing incandescent EXIT signs with new LED signs, and installing high-efficiency wall heaters and furnaces.  It was great to see all of the children at the academy enjoying their newly retrofitted classrooms.

Mt. Zion Daycare is located in inner-city Indianapolis.  These outdoor lights not only help the organization save money, but add increased security too.


Mt. Zion is continuing to add new renovations to the school, and these steps towards energy-efficiency are a part of an effort to make the academy even more comfortable for both the staff and children working at or attending the daycare.  And of course the savings have been very positive as well.  The daycare saves about $400 or 2,500 kWh per month. 

It was great to see these changes affecting so many lives in this exciting way!  Both the children and staff at the daycare seemed very excited about the new additions and other future energy plans.

Mt. Zion Daycare received an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) award, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).