Join the Hundreds of K-12 Schools That Have Earned ENERGY STAR Certification for Top Energy Performance by Partnering with Cenergistic
The little blue ENERGY STAR label is commonly associated with energy-efficient appliances or electronics for homeowners, like TVs, laptops, and refrigerators. But did you know that entire buildings can also earn ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance? According to ENERGY STAR.gov, the program and its partners have saved American families and businesses more than $150 billion over the past 26 years by certifying energy-efficient products, homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. In addition, hundreds of thousands of commercial and institutional properties use EPA’s online energy management tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, to measure, track, assess, benchmark, and report on energy and water consumption.
Once a property has been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, you’ll see a host of performance metrics about your buildings. Many property types, including K-12 schools, will also see a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score. This score compares your school’s energy performance to similar schools nationwide, so you can help understand how efficient your building is. A score of 50 is the median. So if your building scores below 50, it means it’s performing worse than 50 percent of similar buildings nationwide, while a score above 50 means it’s performing better than 50 percent of its peers. And a score of 75 or higher means it’s a top performer and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
The ENERGY STAR score assesses the building’s physical assets, operations, and occupant behavior in a quick and easy-to-understand number. However, it does not by itself explain why a building performs a certain way, or how to change the building’s performance. Education Facilities Managers need to understand a few things about how to identify opportunities and improve energy efficiency and why partnering with an experienced company, like Cenergistic, can mean the difference between success and failure.
Why ENERGY STAR Certification Is Important to K-12 Schools.
Using ENERGY STAR scores for K-12 schools can help you compare your schools’ energy performance to similar schools nationwide, and identify which schools in your district to target for improvement and which might be eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. Energy costs for K-12 schools are second only to staffing costs, including school-paid portions of employee pensions. The U.S. is home to more than 17,000 K-12 school districts, which spend more than $8 billion annually on energy costs. However, simple improvements in energy use, like ensuring equipment is turned off when not in use or upgrading to energy-efficient systems, can help schools reduce these costs. Schools with poor ENERGY STAR scores can use the information as an incentive for school board buy-in to energy efficiency programs and upgrades.
In the U.S., more than 9,500 buildings earned ENERGY STAR certification in 2017, and multiple states are using the ENERGY STAR program as a tool for energy benchmarking and transparency policies in making investment and governance decisions.
Which Schools Gained ENERGY STAR Certifications With Cenergistic Partnerships?
Since identifying and implementing energy efficiency measures can be a complex and time-consuming process, many schools have opted to take advantage of third-party resources, like Cenergistic, to streamline the process of improving energy use, verifying savings, and applying for recognition. Energy conservation and sustainability solution providers can help to embed an on-site Energy Specialist, retrofitting facilities, prioritizing energy efficiency upgrades, and more.
Cenergistic has assisted the following school districts (and many more) in achieving real-world savings through energy conservation and data use for energy management:
- Juneau SD, AK 11
- Mobile County Public Schools, AL 22
- Montgomery County Public Schools, AL 24
- Cartwright SD No. 83, AZ 75
- Marana Unified SD, AZ 47
- Phoenix Elementary SD 11
- Phoenix Union High SD 30
- Compton Unified SD, CA 65
- Escondido Union SD, CA 23
- Long Beach Unified SD, CA 84
- San Bernardino City Unified SD, CA 259
- St. Johns County SD, FL 224
- Sioux City Community Schools, IA 89
- Wheaton Community Unit SD #200, IL 55
- Olathe USD #233, KS 83
- Warren County Public Schools, KY 85
- Pitt County Schools, NC 37
- Egg Harbor Township SD, NJ 30
- Oklahoma City Public Schools, OK 42
- Chambersburg Area SD, PA 34
- Charlestown County SD, SC 62
- Sioux Falls SD, SD 64
- Fort Worth Independent SD, TX 115
- Garland Independent SD, TX 197
- Mansfield Independent SD, TX 217
- Nebo SD, UT 78
- Fairfax County Public Schools, VA 343
- Loudoun County Public Schools, VA 466
- Prince William County Public Schools, VA 159
Get Started on Getting Your ENERGY STAR Certification Now.
There’s no cost to use Portfolio Manager, so it should only take a little time and effort to dig up the data needed to start benchmarking in Portfolio Manager and find out your schools’ ENERGY STAR scores. Obviously, some schools with zero energy efficiency upgrades will have extremely low scores, but making this determination is the first step in becoming an ENERGY STAR certified school, which makes schools more attractive for funding, improves the health and quality of education of students, and enables the diversion of capital to other needs, like teacher pensions, textbooks, and equipment. Find out how your school can start its energy efficiency journey by visiting Cenergistic online or calling us at 1-855-798-7779 now.