As technologies emerge, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, and colleges continually use an increasing amount of electrical devices to assist students in the classroom. Whether teachers are using SMART Board technologies to engage with students of all ages, charging iPads and laptop computers, or simply keeping the lights on for students, UGI EnergyLink provides unique pricing options on our commercial electricity for schools and colleges in Ohio and throughout the Buckeye State!
Electricity Consumption in Ohio Schools
Did you know that the average public school building is 42 years old or more? Some schools in Ohio are even older, meaning they were not built to handle the increasing electrical loads of new technology and are less energy efficient than more modernly designed schools. But, how is electricity used throughout K-12 schools?
- 26% – Lighting
- 26% – Cooling
- 20% – Office equipment
- 10% – Other
- 7% – Ventilation
- 5% – Space heating
- 4% – Refrigeration
- 1% – Cooking
- 1% – Water heating
A mid-sized school district in Ohio averaging 800,000 square feet of space can expect to pay more than $1 million dollars annually in electrical costs!
Commercial Electric Pricing Options Available in Ohio
Before commercial electricity in Ohio was deregulated, district Superintendents and university deans had only one choice when choosing an electric provider—their utility company. However, after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved plans to deregulate the commercial electric market, this decision is now in the hands of school decision makers and allows school districts and universities to maximize their annual budget.
Fixed Pricing Option
With a fixed pricing option from UGI EnergyLink, you pay a set price for electricity per kilowatt hour each month, regardless of the current market prices. Your monthly price is determined based on market prices when you first enroll, and never vary based on market conditions until your contract expires. This option is great for Ohio school districts and universities because it allows you to lock in an affordable electric price for a set period of time—for a few months or even more than a year! No matter what size business you own, you can rely on a UGI EnergyLink’s fixed pricing option for affordable commercial electricity prices. This option is ideal for schools or colleges on a strict budget.
Variable Pricing Option
If you choose to enroll in our variable pricing option for commercial electricity, you can take advantage of lowering market rates. This gives you more flexibility when planning your monthly school budget since you may pay a different amount per kilowatt hour of electricity consumption each month. This option is ideal for larger schools (colleges and other post-secondary schools) that can accept some level of price risk to take advantage of market pricing.
Ohio School Electricity Provider
At UGI EnergyLink, we’re here to help you make the best energy decisions for your school. We have over 127 years of experience providing electricity to schools throughout Ohio and can provide you with the opportunity to save money on your monthly energy bills when you switch!