Spring Branch Independent School District Energy Program Summary
The School District:
- Student Population 32,000 (same for the 2 considered years)
- Increased SQFT by 250,000 last year. 180,000 planned for current year
- Annual utilities budget $6 mil
The Energy Management Program
- Behavioral and Operational Program, focused on education and no cost/low cost solutions.
- New policies on after-hours interior lighting – half light during cleaning, and unoccupied times in common areas, off when unoccupied.
- Exterior lighting controlled by mechanical timers are now controlled by head custodian, and are set to go off after last custodian leaves.
- New policies on HVAC systems – on during occupied times determined by observed building use.
- Temperature ranges defined by AHRAE comfort standards were implemented.
- Maintenance addressed gaps between and under doors for tighter building envelope.
- Auditoriums on “special request” schedules
- Construction contracts amended to include Energy Specifications
- Power feature on all computers were enabled with the help of the Technology department.
- Administrators were asked to limit refrigerators on campuses, and make sure that all of them are unplugged for longer holiday periods.
- Campuses made to closely monitor water sprinkler use, and to reset sprinkler clocks when it rains. All new sprinkler systems to be installed through Maintenance and must have at least a rain gauge.
- Maintenance began assessment of all sprinkler systems to verify correct operation
- Maintenance drafted recommendations to eliminate small grassy areas in courtyards to save money on mowing and watering.
- Frequent Audits at various different times of the day, week and on holidays.
- Communications with campus staff via Newsletters, emails, website and presentations
- Bills were carefully monitored along with weather data and compared to baseline
- Technology used included – Climate Loggers, infrared temperature guns and light meters
- Cost Avoidance of $898,000.
- Dollar amount reductions $34,660 in spite of increasing SQFT and unit costs.
- Reductions of 2,044,446 kWh and 103,128 Therms.