By Dennis Nartker firstname.lastname@example.org
KENDALLVILLE — East Noble School Corp. has saved more than $2.43 million in cost-avoidance dollars after seven years of the district’s energy conservation program.
“The cost-avoidance dollars is due to conservation, maintenance such as switching to LED lighting, scheduling and common sense,” John Arnold, who has managed the program for the school corporation since in began in July 2010, said at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Arnold submitted his report to East Noble school board members this week.
East Noble would have spent nearly $7.4 million on energy uses over the seven-year period without the emphasis on conserving energy, according to Arnold’s report. The school corporation’s actual cost over the same period was about $4.94 million, good for a 33 percent savings.
Seven years ago, the school board hired Energy Education to review energy costs and energy needs and propose a conservation program. Arnold, a retired East Noble teacher, was hired to manage the program.
Arnold works closely with building principals, custodians, teachers and district staff to find ways to save on energy costs. It can be as simple as reminding teachers to turn out the lights in their classrooms.
He tours district facilities to review conservation efforts and tracks energy use via computer software.
The nighttime temperature is automatically set at 55 degrees in school buildings, for example. “Our custodians wear sweaters and coats sometimes when working in the buildings at night,” he said.
East Noble’s energy reduction impact over the seven-year period is equivalent to 4,466 passenger cars not driven for one year, and 549,652 tree seedlings grown over 10 years.
The South Side Elementary School building’s 49.8 percent cost avoidance is the best among the school corporation’s facilities.
South Side has been on top each year. “We don’t know why,” Arnold said.
The only facility with a negative cost avoidance, minus 16.5 percent, is the bus garage. “We’re working on it,” said Arnold, whose office is located in the former car dealership building at the corner of Ohio Street and S.R. 3.
Energy cost savings primarily have come from using less electricity, water and gas. The school district has 44 monitors checking utility usage.
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