Board told energy program saves district $150,000

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

Improvements to the 15 buildings on campus include retrofitting light fixtures with new high-efficiency T-8 fluorescent lamps and ballasts; renovating exhaust systems in certain buildings for improved air circulation; installation of a campus-wide, web-based HVAC control system, allowing the school to better manage energy use as well as notify appropriate staff should any problems arise with the equipment; and 63 HVAC units will be replaced with high-efficiency equipment that exceeds a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 15, according to the website.

From the period of March 2012 to June 2013, the district saw utility savings of $116,723, Walker told the board, saying the district would have spent $251,904 in utilities but actually only spent $135,181, for the savings of $116,723.

Contractually, the district was guaranteed savings of $149,314 ($30,000 in maintenance and operation savings and $119,314 in energy savings), Walker said. However, the total savings for the period was actually $150,351 ($30,000 in maintenance and operation savings, $18207 in construction period energy savings, $98,516 in audit period savings July 2012-June 2013, $1090 in reconciled energy savings and $2,538 in operational water savings.)

The saved energy amounts to 1,218 barrels of oil not consumed, or 4.0 acres of forest preserved, Walker said.

“We’re right where we said we’d be with the energy savings,” Board President Terry Ellis said.

The board also discussed the bus schedule at Kate Smith Elementary School.

On Sept. 30, teacher Marla Whitaker told the school board of her concerns about elementary students who are forced to wait 30 or more minutes after school for their bus to arrive, some times with little supervision.

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