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If every U.S. home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR® efficient light bulb, the amount of energy saved could light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars. [?]

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FCPS Battle of the Buildings Spring 2017

Battle of the Buildings Poster

Get ready! Between February 1 and April 30, 2017, FCPS will be hosting the Spring 2017 Battle of the Buildings.  Your school community will work together to save energy through simple energy saving measures such as unplugging devices and shutting off lights.

Why should we participate?

FCPS spends nearly $40 million a year on utility bills.  Energy conservation not only provides financial savings, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides educational opportunities for students and staff.  Giving students the opportunity to learn about and engage in energy auditing and conservation practices contributes to the FCPS goal of graduating environmental stewards.  This is a great way to work on the Energy Eco-School pathway, which is required to earn a Green Flag.  Plus, there will be prizes!

How much energy does my school use?

Wondering how much energy your school uses?  Find your school on the Energy Dashboard (under the “Dashboards tab” above) to see how much of each commodity your school uses – and how much your usage costs.  Wondering what’s using all that energy in your school?  In most school’s it’s heating and cooling – but things like lighting and office equipment use a fair amount and can easily be turned off or unplug to help shrink your school’s energy consumption.

energy use k-12


Winners and Prizes

There will be 5 different schools declared winners based on three different criteria:

  • 3 schools with greatest percentage reduction in energy use

  • 1 school with most creative communication campaign (must complete additional form, more information coming after competition starts)

  • 1 school with most comprehensive community engagement (must complete additional form, more information coming after competition starts)

Schools will not be eligible to win in more than one category.

What are the prizes?

Each school winner will receive a water bottle filling station or equivalent prize and an award certificate.  And of course, bragging rights come with your prize.


Once you have the support of your school community (principal, building supervisor, etc.), Register here.

Registered schools will receive a set of 5 Kill-A-Watt meters along with communication materials and a sample energy conservation PBL developed by Carson MS (available in the FCPS Spring 2017 Battle of the Buildings Resource Folder linked below).

Please note, if your school is not registered for the Energy Battle, you will not be eligible for prizes regardless of your energy savings.


Looking for resources for learning about energy conservation?  We’ve got you covered! 
Check out the FCPS Spring 2017 Battle of the Buildings Resource Folder

Social Media

Registered and want to share?  Have a great energy-saving tip?  Want to support those competing?  Tweet using #FCPSEnergyBattle!  Writer’s block?  Find sample tweets and other communications materials in the Resource Folder linked above.


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