West Hempstead Yields Green Benefits

West Hempstead Yields Green Benefits photo
PSEG Long Island recently announced that the West Hempstead Union Free School District received approximately $66,500 in rebates for going green in its school. PSEG delivered a check to the district on June 25.

As part of the PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency Program, the district upgraded lighting fixtures and replaced bulbs throughout its school buildings, saving money for the future and reducing its carbon footprint in the process.  

“PSEG Long Island commends West Hempstead Schools for doing its part to provide a safer and cleaner environment for its students,” said Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables, PSEG Long Island. “By making these upgrades, the district will save tens of thousands of dollars a year, while conserving energy for our immediate and long-term future.”

The school district upgraded the lighting throughout its five school buildings, replacing nearly 4,000 fluorescent fixtures and incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs. In addition to the PSEG Long Island rebate, the new, greener bulbs will benefit the district by yielding substantial annual energy savings. With lighting accounting for the largest portion of energy used in commercial buildings — typically around 25-30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy — it is estimated the West Hempstead will save more than 248,900 kilowatt hours (kWh) and $44,050 a year on its electric bill through these improvements.

“On behalf of the entire district, I am extremely proud of the fact that we have taken these important steps to conserve energy throughout the district,” said Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. “Not only are we saving valuable dollars in energy expenses, but we are lessening our impact on the environment at the same time. PSEG’s Long Island Commercial Efficiency Program has truly been a ‘win-win’ for the district as a whole.”