As energy costs are dramatically rising, schools are looking to cut their annual utility bills by hiring top energy consultants, one of which is Energy Education. In a recent article in the New York Times, they highlight the top consultants that are helping school cut back on their costs. Energy Education uses a checklist of 1,200 items — and then custom-design conservation programs. Such programs have helped NYC schools decrease their spending by 20-60%. These savings also help foot the cost of expensive equipment that need to be invested in, which gets paid back in a short amount of time – and then the savings start to add up, winning many of these school districts the coveted Energy Star Award.
Excerpt from the article:
“Schools, once known as energy wasters, are embracing conservation in increasing numbers. A desire to practice the environmentally friendly principles discussed in classrooms has been heightened by soaring energy costs and tighter budgets. With the help of a growing industry of energy consultants, school officials are evaluating every detail of their daily operations, like the temperature of the swimming pool and the amount of electricity the cafeteria ovens use, and are replacing energy-guzzling equipment with more efficient models.
In Yonkers, the improvements included replacing Lincoln High School’s 60-year-old boilers, which guzzled 137,500 gallons of heating oil a year — “so much fuel that it seemed like we had oil trucks parked out front,” said John Carr, the executive director of school facilities in Yonkers. The new boilers burn only 80,000 gallons.”
Check out the original Energy Education NY Times article.