It may not be obvious at first glance, but there were big changes in all five of the Madison Schools buildings in 2019. The district recently completed a project to replace the light bulbs in every building with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
In total, the district replaced just under 7,000 bulbs. Over 6,700 were in the interior of district buildings while 175 were exterior bulbs. The project cost approximately $643,000. However, the project will more than pay for itself. The district will save more than $90,000 annually in energy costs. That means the project will pay for itself in just over six years.
Most of the bulbs have a life expectancy of 10 years, so even after the payback period, the district will reap energy savings for another 3.5 years before bulbs need to be replaced. The district will also receive $36,000 in rebates for the project.
At Madison Schools, we take fiscal responsibility seriously. We are always searching for bright ideas that can help us maximize our services and improve the student experience in a cost-effective manner.