School District 65 has implemented many measures to conserve energy since 1997, said Lee Kulman who has served as the District’s Energy Manager for 13 years.
He said the energy savings are due to the cooperative efforts of principals, teachers, custodians and maintenance staff who have offered and implemented suggestions to prevent energy waste. Other methods include upgrading from T12 to T8 florescent lamps in all buildings, installing automated building controls for lighting, upgrades to washrooms, installing timer controls on urinals, replacing of steam boilers, roofing upgrades, and purchasing more efficient products.
Mr. Kulman said the District uses an Energy Cap program for energy accounting that can be used to determine the amount of cost savings due to energy management. He estimated that the District has saved about $3.3 million over the last 13 years as a result of its energy conservation program. This is about 20 percent of the actual energy costs incurred during the period.
He also estimated that the District reduced its energy consumption by 329,776 million BTUs or the equivalent of 21,511 metric tons of CO2, in the last 13 years due to its program. He said this equivalent to taking 3,861 cars off the road for one year.