Plainville Community Schools, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville CT 06062, (860)793-3200

District Conservation Program Saves Energy Dollars

Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Kitching announced that the Plainville school system has saved more than $96,000 in the first 6 months of its energy conservation and management program. The successful cost-saving program is implemented through a partnership with Cenergistic, formerly Energy Education, a leading organizational behavior-based energy conservation company.

In addition, the energy conservation program has also impacted the community with savings of over 385,000 kWh in electricity and more than 17,000 CCF of natural gas. These savings are equal to roughly 240 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 43 automobiles off the highway annually, or over 6,100 tree seedlings planted and grown in ten years.

Together with Cenergistic, Plainville Community Schools has built a customized and sustainable energy conservation program that reduces consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water through changes in organizational and human behavior. Its proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology which optimizes clients' infrastructure, improves internal processes and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure. Cenergistic's conservation experts are working closely with personnel to audit buildings for most efficient operation and to train personnel to control energy use wherever possible.

"I am gratified by the energy conservation success we have realized. Our partnership with Cenergistic has led to a dramatic change in how we view energy consumption. While we believed we were doing a pretty good job of saving energy before, this program has taken us to a new level," said Kitching. "Our success is directly attributable to each and every member of our staff working as change agents, ensuring we use our resources responsibly. This is a great start to meeting the goal we set for ourselves when we reduced our energy budget for this year and reinvested those funds in other areas."

Lynn Davis serves as Energy Specialist for the school district. She receives intensive training from Cenergistic energy consultants to implement energy conservation behavior and procedures throughout the system. She conducts energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable during class time and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary.

To verify the program's effectiveness and measure its success, Davis 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 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 consumption and analyzing energy use, the software helps the organization and Cenergistic quickly identify and correct energy consumption that needs to be addressed.
The costs of the Cenergestic program come entirely from the savings within the existing utility budget, with those savings guaranteed to more than pay for the program.

-Posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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