Don’t Let Rising Energy Costs Impact Your School Budget
A growing focus on sustainability coupled with the escalating pressure from rising utility costs make the energy efficiency of displays and the running costs associated with them increasingly crucial factors. Managing costs with an eye on the return on investment have never been more important.
At the same time, the need for and reliance on these displays have not changed. Whether they are being used in a creative and eye-catching videowall, for digital signage or as interactive displays in classrooms, displays are now standard equipment, and schools are not moving away from implementing them. Going backward is not an option.
To reduce the financial burden, IT professionals must take a more strategic approach when evaluating this technology.
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Focus on Products’ Efficiency When Selecting New Display Tech
IT decision-makers should first understand the energy efficiency of the product itself. In the U.S., the ENERGY STAR program denotes highly energy-efficient products. European products, meanwhile, feature an A-G measurement rating — with A being the best — allowing manufacturers to differentiate their offerings more power-saving products.
Reducing the use of older, less efficient equipment is worth considering for the long-term. It is estimated that the nation’s school districts spend $6 billion annually on energy, according to an ENERGY STAR report. “School districts can and have used the savings from improved energy performance to help pay for building improvements and other upgrades that enhance the learning environment,” the report notes.