New Year, New School Energy Conservation Resolutions

By Jack Bullock  
Chief Engineer, PE, CEM, BESA

School energy conservation is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your district and encouraged long-term benefits in your schools and communities. With the beginning of the new year, it is the perfect time to create new school energy conservation resolutions, and among these resolutions, schools will look for ways to invest in energy management without unnecessary expenses. Superintendents need to understand a few things first about creating such resolutions and how to transform resolutions into results.

The Problem With Poor School Energy Conservation.

The problem with poor school energy conservation is that it relies on a reactionary maintenance and energy strategy, which is not a strategy at all and often results increased energy use and reduced availability of energy. Schools have vast buying power, and with schools rapidly aging into antiquity, especially since most schools are more than 40 years old, avoiding school energy conservation is no longer merely a luxury. At the same time, poor energy use results in poor asset performance increased rates of maintenance, higher energy bills, and even subpar performance among students and staff.

New School Energy Conservation Resolutions Offer Significant Benefits

Implementing a school energy conservation program can help realize significant benefits, including:

  • Decreased total cost of ownership of facility assets and buildings

  • Improved air quality and health of faculty and students

  • Greater comfort leads to better student experiences and performance

  • Cost avoidance means more funds available for reinvestment in equipment, supplies, faculty, and students.

  • Decreased carbon emissions benefit the school and community.

  • Improved energy use behaviors continue after students go home.

  • Lower utility use and implementing an energy conservation program may open the doors to energy incentives.

How to Turn Conservation Resolutions Into Results

Transforming school energy conservation resolutions into results can be a complex task. It may be necessary to retrofit facility assets with sensors connected to the Internet of Things, and additional problems may arise as data become available. Unfortunately, failure to adequately measure energy use and track performance of an energy management program will only breed hostility and resentment against the program. However, superintendents and school facility administrators that follow a few best practices can successfully gain end-to-end visibility into energy use and encourage energy-efficient use behaviors among students and staff. These best practices include:

  1. Leverage machine learning and technology to generate realistic savings’ forecasts.

  2. Gain asset-level visibility into energy use.

  3. Recognize the impact of energy use behaviors on consumption.

  4. Minimize vacancy runtime of assets.

  5. Track energy data to understand focus areas.

  6. Use reports to encourage continued top-down support for and modeling of school energy conservation.

  7. Install ENERGY STAR-Rated appliances and assets when the time for replacement arrives for repair or replacement.

  8. Automate system controls with IoT-enabled sensors and artificial intelligence to streamline insights and application.  

  9. Work with an experienced school energy management partner.

Make 2019 the Year of School Energy Conservation With a Cenergistic Partnership

As students return to the classroom, the importance of energy-efficient will grow, and carbon policy is starting to evolve as well. School administrators need to take serious steps to implement an energy conservation program, as well as three reduce reliance on fossil fuels and encourage long-term sustainable practices among students, faculty, and communities. Get started by visiting Cenergistic online or calling 1-855-798-7779 now.

Jack Bullock

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