What is Energy Management?
Energy Management is an energy conservation program initiated by the School Board to help our district monitor utility consumption, achieve savings by reducing energy consumption, and create a better educational environment. The program officially began on May 1, 2005.
Why are we doing this?
Energy costs continue to rise every year. These costs have a direct impact on the funds available to the district’s educational resources and programs. Aside from the funding issue, we also face a critical shortage of natural resources. We need to act now to maintain and conserve these resources.
What is the job of the Energy Educators/Managers?
- Track and analyze all utility bills for the entire district.
- Conduct energy audits of all our facilities at various times of the day and night to see how much energy our buildings consume and identify areas where we can conserve energy and achieve cost savings.
- Provide district-wide guidelines that will assist us in conserving energy. They are designed to maximize comfort and safety for students, staff and visitors, and to enhance the teaching environment.
- Report data on a regular basis.
How is progress measured?
Special energy tracking software is utilized that has become the accepted method of measuring utility cost avoidance between the current period and the comparable former or base period. Our energy consumption history for the year prior to commencing the energy program has been captured and is referred to as our “base period” or “baseline.” Additionally, data about our weather, buildings (including physical location, size, etc.), various utilities rate schedules and other relevant information was collected and entered. The software accurately adjusts our baseline to estimate “would have been” costs (after beginning energy management) to determine our district’s cost avoidance (savings) for the period.
As the program progresses, current utility bills are added to the database, as well as any physical plant changes and current daily average temperatures. Each month the sophisticated energy accounting software processors establish an adjusted baseline for each meter.
Jeffrey Faust Director of Facilities
Rick Wanamaker Assistant Director of Facilities