Ohio School Rebate and Energy Conservation Programs
House Bill 264 – Ohio School Facilities Commission
What is the House Bill 264 Program?
In 1985, the Ohio general Assembly passed a law that allows school districts the opportunity to make improvements to their district’s buildings and use the cost savings to pay for the improvements. The law allows districts to borrow funds without having to pass a ballot issue for the authority to borrow. Nearly 500 school districts have taken advantage of this law since its inception. What types of improvements can be included? The program defines “energy conservation measures” as an installation, modification, or a remodeling of an existing building in order to reduce energy consumption. These improvements may include any of the following:
- Insulation of the building
- New storm windows and doors
- Upgrades or replacements to the heating, ventilating, or air conditioning (HVAC) system
- New energy control systems
- Replacements of existing lighting systems
- Caulking or weather stripping
How do we get started?
First, the school board must contract a licensed Architect, Engineer, or experienced energy conservation firm to generate a report containing an analysis and recommendations of energy conservation measures. These measures must significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs. The report shall include all costs of such measures and estimates of the amounts by which energy consumption and operating costs will be reduced. This analysis must use the energy consumption for at least one year. The energy conservation measures must save in energy, operational and maintenance costs over fifteen years, an amount equal to or exceeding the cost of implementing the measures.