A new report from Energy Education in Dallas says that Michigans’ Lowell Schools saved 43 percent on energy over the course of 85 months. How? For one, by turning off the lights, one of the first things schools that partner with Energy Ed learn to do as a way to cut energy usage and reduce utility costs.
“Making sure you understand about lighting, computers, anything that plugs in that’s electrical,” said Jim White, energy manager for Lowell Public Schools, in an interview with Wyoming’s WZZM 13. “And then we move to more sophisticated areas like how buildings are managed when no one’s around. Like heating, lighting and air conditioning.”
The Lowell schools have managed to save $3,751,669 so far. The district with the next best savings is Jenison, which cut down on its energy use by 33 percent and saved more than $2 million over 69 months. Other Michigan schools have been following in their energy-saving footsteps, however, and several districts aren’t far behind when it comes to energy cutbacks. Cedar Springs School District has saved $1.2 million in just 73 months, and Forest Hills School District reports a savings of 25 percent, which equals an impressive $3,145,332 in only 56 months.
Facing budget cuts and potential teacher layoffs, schools are starting to look for new ways to cut costs— like partnerships with Energy Education. For nine years, Texas’ Taylor Independent School District (TISD) has worked with Energy Ed to help decrease rising energy costs, saving more than $2 million, according to the district’s energy manager, Mike Janak.
“Energy Education has been around for more than 25 years and has helped numerous school districts and businesses with their energy savings,” Janak said in an interview with Taylor Daily Press. “About nine years ago, they approached the school board about signing a four-year contract with them, promising a projected savings of $100,000 a year.”
Janak continued to say that the district has exceeded its yearly projected savings every year by simply changing people’s habits—de-lamping vending machines when they are not in use, turning heating units off during the nights, weekends, holidays and summers, and cutting back on air conditioning.
TISD is now ranked in the top five among Energy Education’s 65 Texas school districts, just behind Henderson, Montgomery, Canton and Van school districts, at 35 percent in cost avoiding figures.
Energy Educaiton Inc. has been working with larger churches since 2006. Large churches spending in excess of $750,000 for thier utility costs are eligible for Energy Education Inc.’s services; who have the ability to reduce thier energy spending by 20-30%.
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