Alberta’s future minister of education:
Sarah Hoffman was at a junior high school in northern Alberta when Ralph Klein’s government made deep cuts to the province’s school system. Conversations at the family dinner table soon turned political and she remembers the night when her dad, a school principal, decided to take every other light bulb out of his school to save money.
Holy smokes politicians say some stupid things. He took out every other light bulb in the school to save money… really? Come on, either he’s a moron or she’s full of it.
Lets say the bulbs were 60W and they run roughly 12 hours a day; which is a stretch considering the kids are only in school for little over half of that time. The earliest electrical rates I can find is 2002, which is a few years after Klein’s cuts, but the average is around 6¢/kWh [source:http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca/documents/01-25-2002.pdf]
So one lightbulb would cost the school $0.043200 a DAY. Yes, you read the correctly, he would save the school 4 cents per bulb per day. Breaking that out over a year, that’s $15.77 per bulb, per year — and that’s if the bulb ran for 12 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Which is foolhardy on my part because we know teachers teach in the classroom less than 200 days of the year.
Lets say the school has 500 bulbs total, which I believe is being VERY generous – Mr Spendthrift saved the school a total of $3,942.50.
(500 bulbs divided by 2) x $15.77 = $3,942.50
Seeing that the average Alberta teacher salary in 2002 was $65,000, Mr. Spendthrift saved 6% of a teacher’s salary in one year – and that does NOT include the true cost of a teacher (salary, benefits, pension, etc.) [Source:https://education.alberta.ca/department/budget/studentfirst/]
SOooo, are my math skills wonky or is Ms. Hoffman just telling us a tall tale of fiscal prudence…?