Published By Asbury Park Press
STAFFORD — The township elementary school district has cut its electric cost by more than $700,000 over the last three years after entering into an agreement with a national energy conservation company, according to officials.
The district, which has approximately 2,000 students, has been able to reduce its electric cost by 21.1 percent or $769,726 since entering into an agreement in 2008 with Energy Education, a Dallas-based energy conservation company.
“For a number of years, the district has been committed to reducing our energy usage because the money we save on fixed costs can be put back into the classroom,” said Stafford Superintendent Judith DeStefano-Anen.
Since 2008, the district has paid $380,550 to Energy Education for its conservation services, according to the district’s contract with the firm. The fees cover training in Texas for district Energy Education Manager Joseph Meister and on-site support.
Energy Education honored the district with its Environmental Excellence Award during the district’s Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting. The award is giving to organizations that attain financial savings from the program, according to the company’s website.
“Reaching this level of savings at this stage of the program is a significant achievement,” said William S. Spears, chairman and founder of the company. “The administration and all staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the district’s energy dollars and the environment.’’
In addition to its energy conservation program savings, the school district also has invested in solar technology. Stafford installed solar panels at three of its schools starting with Oxycocus School and Ocean Acres Elementary School in 2009 and Stafford Intermediate School in 2010. The district has saved $103,940 in solar energy produced and energy not purchased, as well as $326,717 from the sale of solar credits, said Karina Monanian, district spokeswoman.
The combination of energy conservation and investing in solar technology has resulted in savings to the school district of more than $1.2 million since 2008, Monanian said.
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