SPLENDORA – Splendora ISD administration and board members announced June 22 that the system has saved more than $64,000 in the first seven months of its energy conservation and management program.
The successful cost-saving program is implemented through a partnership with Energy Education, a leading behavioral and people-focused energy conservation company whose Transformational Energy Management® process has saved more than $2.3 billion for educational and complex organizations.
In addition, the energy conservation program has also impacted the community with savings of 450,433 kilowatt in electricity, 4,755 CCFs of natural gas and 3,000 gallons of water. These savings are equal to 379 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 68 autos off the highway annually or more than 9,697 tree seedlings planted and grown in 10 years.
Together with Energy Education, SISD has built a customized and sustainable energy conservation program that reduces consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water through changes in organizational and human behavior. The program, implemented throughout the system, includes hundreds of conservation recommendations, followed by a powerful and complex methodology that includes assessment and planning, coordination and communication, leadership and focus, and measurement and verification. Energy Education’s conservation experts are working closely with personnel to audit buildings for most efficient operation and to train personnel to control energy use wherever possible.
”I am gratified by the energy conservation success we have realized,” SISD Superintendent Thomas Price said. “Our partnership with Energy Education has led to a dramatic change in how we view energy consumption. While we believed we were doing a pretty good job of saving energy before, this program has taken us to a new level.
“Our success is directly attributable to each and every member of our staff working as change agents, ensuring we use our resources responsibly. The dollars we’ve saved in just the first few months is a significant amount – it’s money we won’t have to cut from our budget.”
John Mays serves as Energy Education Specialist for SISD. He receives intensive training from Energy Education energy consultants to implement energy conservation behavior and procedures throughout the system. He conducts energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable during class time and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary.
To verify the program’s effectiveness and measure its success, John tracks energy consumption – including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil – using third-party energy-accounting software. The software compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used if conservation and management practices had not been implemented. It adjusts for weather, equipment additions or deletions, and changes in building use. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, the software helps the organization and Energy Education quickly identify and correct energy consumption that needs to be addressed.
All costs of the Energy Education program come from the existing utility budget, with savings guaranteed to more than pay for the program. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget.
Many organizations have credited this program with helping keep personnel and maintain programs that otherwise would have fallen victim to budget cuts.
In addition, the conservation program is sustainable for years. Energy Education provides free support after the paid term of the contract, as long as the organization continues to implement the program. The energy savings continue for many years.
Energy Education’s innovative Transformational Energy Management® process trains client personnel to implement behavioral and organizational change that substantially reduces energy consumption without the purchase of new equipment. The program is funded solely and rapidly by the savings it generates, allowing clients to redirect saved energy dollars to other priorities.
In 25 years, Energy Education has worked with more than 1,100 educational and church organizations, helping clients save more than $2.3 billion in utility costs. Energy Education earned the 2011 Award for Sustained Excellence and was named 2009 & 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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