With the help of the community, Lincoln Public Schools has taken great strides to become more energy efficient. These initiatives have been supported by bond issue projects, and some of the energy efficient upgrades being implemented throughout the district include LED lighting, high efficiency windows, occupancy sensors, building envelope and geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling our buildings.
Geothermal heat pump systems provide the heating and cooling for about 90% of the square footage throughout the district. Geothermal is a highly efficient system that uses the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium for HVAC instead of the outside air like a standard system. Want to learn more about how these systems work? Check out this informational video from the Department of Energy.
In addition to equipment upgrades, other measures have been implemented to operate equipment as efficiently as possible. Automated building controls are used to minimize or eliminate wasted energy in unoccupied spaces. Outside of the school day, rooms in LPS buildings have thermostat setbacks unless a reservation has specifically been made for that space.