Energy Experts from two schools recently converged on an energy management webinar for SchoolDude Nation. Dan Caley with Rogers Public Schools in Arkansas and Armando Guerrero with Frenship ISD in Texas shared a wealth of knowledge, and both advocated for addressing low-hanging fruit, noting that the savings can be surprising.
Asked for a list of places to start, Armando suggested:
- Check door and window seals
- Look for broken ceiling tiles
- Evaluate lighting options
And don't overlook the importance of leading by example when asking your students, faculty, and staff to make behavioral changes.
- Look at HVAC settings for unoccupied hours
- Practice proper preventive maintenance on rooftop units
And the audience chimed in with their own low-hanging fruit:
Gregory Berrier at Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina suggested taking light bulbs out of vending machines.
John Kennedy at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Florida added that his school has addressed
- Load shedding all HVAC
- Time-of-day occupancy settings
- Changing parking lot lights to LED
- Direct-drive HVAC for VFD control
- Switching exterior compacts to LED
He also shared that they retrofit lighting 5 years ago, from T12 and magnetic ballasts to T8 and electronic, and saved $6000 monthly. They are now preparing to retrofit to all LED in the coming year.
What have you done to jump-start your energy conservation program? Join the discussion here. And
watch the full Energy Experts Panel webinar for more energy saving ideas.