Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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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

The Results

  • 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.