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DUSD Energy Conservation Program

 

A way to save energy dollarsEnergy Star

 

by Brad Vereen, DUSD Energy Education Manager
 

Dublin, CADublin Unified School District administration and board members have taken a pro-active step in good stewardship of energy and taxpayer dollars by embarking on a comprehensive energy conservation and management program with Energy Education, Inc. Energy Education is a national company whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $1.3 billion for public school districts.

Dublin Unified School District’s program began in January, 2008. The district has hired an Energy Education Manager who is receiving intensive training from Energy Education, Inc. personnel to implement conservation procedures in all district facilities. The Energy Education Manager 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. District Energy Education Managers are responsible for helping to motivate everyone in the district to use energy wisely, keep classrooms comfortable, take advantage of day lighting and practice other smart energy strategies.

From Dublin Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hanke: “We are very excited about this project.  Savings that we realize through this program will allow for additional dollars to be spent where they belong…in the classroom.”

All costs of the Energy Education program come from the district’s existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the district’s budget. Many districts have credited this program with helping keep personnel and maintain programs that otherwise would have fallen victim to budget cuts. In addition, Energy Education, Inc. provides free support after the paid term of the contract, as long as the district continues to implement the program. The district’s energy savings continue for many years.

As a key part of the program, the district Energy Educator/Manager will track energy consumption including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil using 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 Energy Educator/Manager quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

For more information on the District Energy Education Program Contact:
Mr. Tim Sbranti - Dublin USD Energy Education Manager
925.833.3300

Energy Education, Inc.’s innovative energy conservation program is a win-win alliance that trains client personnel to create substantial energy savings, and is funded solely by the savings the program generates. Organizations can redirect additional saved energy dollars to educational resources. Energy Education, Inc. has worked with more than 870 educational organizations across the nation, positively impacting the educational environment of over 12 million children and helping clients save more than $1.4 billion in 21 years.

For more information on Energy Education, Inc.:                                                  

Jan Noel-Smith, Director of Public Relations 940.767.1500 ext 137            

www.EnergyEducation.com

 info@EnergyEducation.com