Board told energy program saves district $150,000

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

CHIPLEY — Improvements at Washington-Holmes Technical Center have saved the district $150,351, the Washington County School Board was told during Monday’s meeting in the district administration building in Chipley.

Brian Walker, measurement and verification manager for ABM Building and Energy Solutions of Florida, and Mark Hagerman, ABM vice president of sales, were on hand to update the board members with an energy review during the October board meeting.

“The reductions in electricity and gas usage for the construction and audit period reduced pollution by 1,218 barrels of oil not consumed,” said Walker.

The renovations at WHTC, which began last year, included control renovations and upgrade, the replacement of 67 air conditioning systems, lighting replacements and upgrades, water side renovations, weld shop exhaust fan system and the installation of a heavy equipment complete exhaust ventilation system, Walker said.

The district is expected to save $2 million through the Bundled Energy Solutions Program which ABM installed last year, according to the website,

The project was projected to reduce energy consumption on Washington-Holmes Technical Center's 26-acre campus by over 1 million kWh per year.

Along with significant utility and operating savings, ABM also offered students in the school's Building Trades Program hands-on experience with the project.

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