Energy efficiency begins at the kindergarten
The kindergarten Srnicka-Kalinka in the municipality of Aerodrom, is now officially the first ever energy efficient kindergarten in the country. It took less than five months for the UNDP team to make all the analyses and completely refurbish the 50 year-old building. We changed the windows, the façades, the roof and we installed a hot water solar system – using approaches that will minimize the payback period.
- Investing in energy upgrades to buildings is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to save money, reduce energy bills, cut down on harmful pollution and preserve our planet for future generations.
Our estimates are that the energy savings of the kindergarten will amount to almost 60%. On top of that, the children will have much better indoor conditions to learn and play. The current energy costs eat up a large portion of municipal budgets. Just by introducing simple energy efficiency measures, the energy costs of any public building could be reduced by at least 20 per cent. The savings could be invested in other activities that would improve the well-being of ordinary citizens.
Our partner in the project, the Skopje municipality of Aerodrom, understood how important this is. They decided to invest today for a better tomorrow. Its officials and the Government of Austria provided financial support to our project (pdf). They are now a pioneer in this area. Other municipalities have already expressed interest to follow this example. UNDP stands ready to help central and local governments throughout the country in introducing energy efficiency measures.
Investing in energy upgrades to buildings is by far the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to save money, reduce our energy bills, cut down on harmful pollution and preserve our planet for future generations.