TPS says energy changes saved millions

Published Jun 18, 2013 – Faculty and staff at Tulsa Public Schools said their energy-efficient practices led to more than $8 million in energy savings.

Officials said TPS achieved $8,677,742 in cost savings in the 34 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company.“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone,” said Dr. William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic. “Tulsa Public Schools has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The superintendent and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment.”

He said strong support from Ballard and the board have created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success.

“Saving energy is a very important, yet often overlooked facet of saving dollars,” TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard. “In a time when education spending is taking hits, and with the recent sequester affecting available funds, we need to find every possible way to redirect dollars into the classroom. The $8 million saved on energy will go a long way in educating the children of Tulsa.”

As part of the program, TPS Energy Specialists John Martin, Pete Worley and Tracy DeLaughter track energy consumption, including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil, using energy-accounting software. They compare current energy use to a baseline period and calculate the amount of energy saved through conservation and management practices. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, they can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

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