The team again took a break from energy to focus on other projects until the 2019-2020 season. By then the price of LED bulbs had decreased so much that replacement of the hallway fluorescent bulbs became cost-effective. In order to upgrade to LEDs though, an electrician was needed to remove the ballasts (an electronic component that regulates current to start the fluorescent bulbs). “In this case the CERTs Seed Grant, which can only be spent on labor, was a perfect fit to pay the electricians,” said Koser.
Miranda Kubek, student member of the YES! team, shared her views on the importance of the LED upgrade. “Climate change can be an overwhelming subject, especially for someone my age. It will affect me, but I have no say. This project is tangible in reducing energy use at my school and showing others how they can make changes.” The team has prepared a presentation that they will be sharing with the student body at the start of the school year, describing the details of the project and providing tips students can use in their own lives to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. Mirada shared “this project gave me the opportunity to identify changes I can make in my day-to-day life, and now that I have that knowledge, I can continue to do things in my adult life and my future.”