A combination of renegotiated natural gas contracts and the District’s commitment to its 15-year energy conservation program netted more than $1-million in savings last year, compared to the 2011-12 school year.
“This District has an impressive track record of pursuing the most efficient operations possible and these significant savings are the result of that long-standing commitment,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “We will continue to pursue methods of running our organization in a manner that provides maximum value and efficiency for our stakeholders.”
The equipment upgrades are part of the district’s $5.6-million energy conservation project that is being funded by an interest free loan. HVAC and lighting improvements, more energy efficient boilers, and modified air handling units are among the many projects expected to pay for themselves in energy savings within 15-years.
The electricity use reduction in 2011 and 2012 not only resulted in cost savings, but the district was able to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Decreased kilowatt hours reduced the district’s carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of 260,159 gallons of gasoline and 5,397 barrels of oil being burned last year.
“The energy conservation program is the result of the district’s commitment to running our operations as efficiently as possible,” said Director of Business Affairs Annette Morud. “These savings and emissions reductions will have positive long term impacts on our organization.”
Solar panels designed to heat a 512 gallon hot water tank installed on the Dublin Jerome roof are also part of the energy conservation program. Students in Chuck Crawford’s science class have been monitoring the water heater’s efficiency, and cost savings to the district and the building. The unit is expected to save enough money in natural gas to pay for itself within 5-7 years.
In 2011, the Dublin City School District was named a “Green Spot” by the City of Columbus. The district was the first school district in the area to receive the designation.The designation recognizes the district’s commitment to green initiatives such as lunch time recycling, paper recycling, and an extensive energy conservation program.