East Greenbush Central School District administrators announced today that its Energy Savings program saved more than $320,000 in the 2015-16 fiscal year and more than $3.4 million (26%) since its inception in September 2007.
The successful cost-saving program is implemented through a partnership with Cenergistic, a leading organizational behavior-based energy conservation company.
The District has saved on energy costs over the years by making simple changes in each school – setting standard temperatures, turning off lights and computers when not in use, and drawing shades at the end of the day. Other steps have included construction projects to replace roofs, add energy efficient lighting and upgrade HVAC systems.
“Every dollar we save on energy is a dollar we can redirect to support our students’ education,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “The energy savings program has been a tremendous success, thanks in large part to Tom Brownell’s diligence and increased employee awareness.”
Mr. Brownell, a third grade teacher at Red Mill Elementary School, oversees the Energy Savings program.
“The program has been very successful due to a team effort by teachers, maintenance staff and students with support from the administration and Board of Education,” Mr. Brownell said.
To measure the program’s effectiveness, East Greenbush CSD tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using third-party energy-accounting software. The software compares current energy use to a baseline period in 2006-07, prior to the partnership with Cenergistic, and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used if conservation and management practices had not been implemented. It adjusts for weather, equipment additions or deletions, and changes in building use. By tracking and analyzing energy use, the software helps the District and Cenergistic quickly identify and correct energy consumption that needs to be addressed.