Schools Save Big Through Energy Efficiency Program

DURING the first year of its energy savings and efficiency program, Fort Wayne Community Schools (FCWS) have saved $862,333.

FWCS began the Energy Leadership program in the spring of 2012 and surpassed its original annual savings goal of $590,000. On top of that, three schools have been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Energy Star Schools because of their outstanding energy performance. Less than 10 percent of the schools in Indiana have received this designation.

The program began in 2012 with energy experts completing an energy and behavioral audit of each school. The audit resulted in a customized and targeted set of energy conservation standards and behavioral practices. The District added two new staff members who are dedicated to the implementation and management of the program.

Establishing energy conservation standards and encouraging behavioral changes, such as asking employees to turn off the lights when they leave a room, resulted in a reduction of 7,721,491 kWh of electricity and 296,589 therms of natural gas for the period April 2012 to March 2013.

“It was a difficult decision to make the investment in the Energy Leadership program,” Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend said. “However, the results have far exceeded our original expectations and will provide much needed relief to the general fund.”

Picture of South Side High School, Fort Wayne by FTSKfan at en.wikipedia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 13th November 2013

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