Energy conservation has always been and will always be the most economical and most environmentally friendly source of "new" energy.
In the spring of 2007 the Ogden School Board implimented a new energy policy calling for all district employees to conserve energy in our schools. The services of Energy Education Inc. was contracted for 4 years to help develop a people based energy program with a guaranteed minimum energy savings and a promise of more savings. The district hired an Energy Educator/Specialist to develope and implement the district's Energy Operating Proceedures and Guidelines.
In 2009 under the direction of the Energy Specialist the district became an Energy Star Partner and qulified all of our Elementary and Jr. High Schools as Top Preformers in Energy Star which puts them in the top 20% of all schools in the nation for energy use. With a combined reduction in energy consumption of 30% since our base year June of 06 through May of 07.
Energy use and rates have increased over the years. Natural gas, electricity, and water cost the school district $2.4 million in our base year. Energy is a consumable resource so all money spent here cannot be spent on programs or other educational expenses. Conserving energy saves in two ways:
- Money saved due to reduced energy consumption can be utilized for programs and buildings, improving our children's learning environment.
- Conserving energy reduces our carbon footprint and saves our natural resources for future generations.
What is the role of the Energy Educator/Specialist?
Maintain Comfort & Safety In Occupied Areas.
- Coordinate usage of facilities and monitor operational efficiency of equipment vs design.
Eliminate Energy Waste.
- Audit buildings during unoccupied times.
- Monitor building usage durring occupied times.
- Track & analyze consumption for building efficiency.
- Use web-based tools & diagnostic loggers to track waste.
- Maintain energy policy and guidelines.
- Minimize consumption and demand charges.
- Audit and monitor utility bills & meters for errors or overcharges.
- Evaluate usage trends for abnormalities.
- Investigate rebate and grant programs.
Questions? Contact Darwin Smith, Energy Specialist, at 801-737-8814, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org