Energy efficiency saves taxpayer dollars

The District has saved more than $3.7 million in energy costs since 2012 and continues to find ways to operate more efficiently.

“The District is finding new ways to save money, become more environmentally friendly, and ultimately work towards our goal of continuous improvement,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “I am excited to see the progress we will make towards becoming a more efficient District.”

The District is working to increase efficiency across Dublin City Schools through many energy and cost saving initiatives, like the formation of District sustainability committees in the coming months. Every school will have a sustainability committee, and one representative from each building, along with Board of Education members, District administrators and PTO representatives, will form a District Sustainability Committee. They will visit the buildings to help identify cost and energy saving ideas and set savings targets for 2016, with an ultimate goal of enhancing efficiency across the District.

There will also be a student involvement initiative, which will generate classroom discussions on the importance and effects of energy efficiency. In past years, Chuck Crawford, a science teacher at Jerome High School, presented his students with a sustainability challenge, where they developed innovative ideas on how to save energy in their school.

Finally, there will be a plan developed to address behavioral modifications, such as creating shutdown checklists for every building, providing consistent updates on each buildings progress, and initiating energy challenges between buildings.

The District also obtained Energy Star ratings for each building. These scores are on a scale from 1-100 and will act as a benchmarking tool to help measure progress. To receive an Energy Star Certification, which is a nationally-recognized certification given to buildings that meet strict energy performance standards, a building must have an Energy Star Score of 75 or higher. Thirteen Dublin City Schools buildings are currently eligible, which means that these buildings are performing better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

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