Energy Savings for Schools

Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado

The Colorado Energy Office’s (CEO) Energy Savings for Schools program (ESS) provides technical resources for rural and low-income schools across Colorado. The program provides a consolidated platform for all of CEO’s K-12 supported programs and includes a free energy audit, preliminary renewable energy assessment, technical support and energy coaching, and implementation support for identifying funding and financing options for completing projects. Schools also are connected to other resources that can help them meet their energy goals. The ESS program collaborates with school staff to achieve measurable savings and create sustainable energy programs.

Program Successes to Date

  • 52 schools are or have been enrolled in the ESS program since 2016
  • 3,070,500 kWh of electrical savings, 190,800 therms of gas savings, and 7,480,000 gallons of water savings have been identified across these schools
  • More than $1,218,000 in grants have been secured to help schools finance project implementation
  • CASDEM (Colorado Association of School District Managers) provides a long-lasting, self-sustaining and capacity-building platform for schools to develop relationships with other schools and to learn from their experiences

ESS helps schools implement energy efficiency measures and leverage low- to no-cost options to pay for upgrades that yield long-term benefits. Schools reap the benefits of lower monthly utility bills and higher classroom comfort and safety, and students increase their energy literacy and gain a valuable understanding of how their behaviors influence consumption of resources.

ESS also connects school districts to other K-12 programs supported by CEO including:

For More Information about ESS

If you have questions or would like to get started with ESS, please contact Michael Turner, Colorado Energy Office, at