Over the past 8 years, PLCC has successfully implemented programs to increase energy efficiency, and reduce energy consumption. Recently, PLCC was able to create a new partnership (with Energy Optimizers, USA), resulting in the construction of a 400 kWh solar array. When the array is fully operational, it will provide a clean source of renewable energy for PLCC, while also helping PLCC further reduce annual energy expenses. For PLCC, “Living Green” is not only an opportunity to demonstrate financial and environmental responsibility but also to set a positive example within the community.
Tipp City, Ohio (June 19, 2018)—Tipp City Schools will make strategic investments in LT Ball Intermediate School, Tippecanoe Middle School and Tippecanoe High School that are expected to save more than $73,000 annually through a partnership with Tipp City-based Energy Optimizers, USA.
The comprehensive improvements are designed to enhance energy efficiency, prolong the life of the buildings and improve safety. Starting in June, Energy Optimizers, USA, will:
The upgrade to LED lighting is expected to save the district more than $61,000 in electricity use and more than $12,000 in maintenance costs. LED lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy and lasts five times longer than the replaced systems. In addition to offering immediate savings, LED lighting will result in better-lit environments that are more conducive to learning. The lighting also does not have the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, making it an ideal system for special needs classrooms.
“We have been taking a hard look with our community about how we can best plan, invest in and preserve our facilities,” said Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf. “Energy Optimizers, USA, presented us with very smart, very conservative options to get more from our intermediate and middle schools while improving our energy efficiency.”
Tippecanoe Middle School students have also invested in improving the district’s sustainability practices. The students have worked with community partners to evaluate and improve the district’s water and energy use, waste, and student well-being. Students presented their options to the district Board of Education in May.
“We are proud to assist our hometown schools with making common sense, energy-efficient measures to ensure their intermediate and middle school buildings run in top shape for years to come,” said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA, president. “In making these improvements, the district is demonstrating that its focus is on the best, most cost-effective use of resources, both regarding energy conservation and taxpayer dollars.”
TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy Optimizers, USA, has completed an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools more than $30,000 a year in utility costs.
The district also anticipates receiving a Dayton Power & Light rebate of more than $17,000 because of the work.
TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 15, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two years after completing a comprehensive energy savings project with Energy Optimizers, USA, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has exceeded projected savings on its utility bills by more than $6,000 annually.
Tipp City, Ohio (March 13th, 2018)—Just one year after completing a project to reduce its energy consumption, Monroe Local Schools has surpassed projections for cost savings, Energy Optimizers, USA found.
In 2016, the district engaged Energy Optimizers, USA, to replace all of its interior and exterior lighting with LED systems. The project also included the installation of HVAC controls and a high-efficiency boiler at the district’s 2–12 building.
Always supportive of our troops, Energy Optimizers, USA announced today their continued support of the Fisher/Nightingale Houses that have served to house over twenty thousand families from all branches of the military.
Since its inception in 1990, these two homes, along with their managers and outstanding volunteer staff, have served military families from stateside and overseas, active duty, Guard, Reserves, retirees, and veterans. These houses allow families to stay together during times of medical emergencies and crises when they need the love, comfort, and support of their families the most.
Schools are busy places, full of tens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of students. From the administration team to the janitorial staff, the goal is to make sure that the children arrive, get to and from their classes, have lunch and bathroom breaks, and finally get home safely to their families and for most, this is enough work for a lifetime.
Schools that teach and manage students successfully often have a policy of “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” when it comes to maintenance and updates. If the doors lock to keep out un-screened strangers and the windows keep the kids from taking an ‘early recess’ while the teacher isn’t looking, they’re good enough, right? Unfortunately, putting off infrastructure updates only seems like a good idea until the utility bill rolls in.
Facility technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few years. It is now possible to dramatically improve a property with relatively little investment. The improvements are done in one of two overall categories.
Firstly, the actual physical components such as the windows, siding, lighting, heating or cooling can be upgraded.
Secondly, these may be turned into “smart” gadgets that optimize for the time of day, season and capacity through an internet connection. In either case, these improvements can be rapid and immediate. For that reason, more and more locations are investing in these upgrades.
In particular, many schools and government facilities are upgrading. They see the benefits of the property in reducing costs, upgrading the classroom experience as well as the environmental benefits. Engineers can tell you exactly how much savings you will receive for the upgrades.
In fact, engineers can now produce extremely precise forecasts of the amount of savings that will be produced through the upgrades. They can model the estimated temperatures day and night, as well as the heat from the humans filling the school. They can then produce a fairly exact forecast or calculation of the energy savings. Once that calculation is complete, the payback period for the investment is also easy to determine. The calculation is done a little differently for each item.
For LED bulbs, the calculation is fairly simple. Engineers have a calculator with a few inputs. Firstly, you examine the cost of your existing incandescent lamp wattage, then add the cost of those bulbs. Assume the life is about 8,000 hours for a single bulb. Take the same costs for an LED bulb and multiply by the number of total bulbs that are being replaced. In general, LED bulbs last about three times longer than incandescent bulbs but only cost 10% to 15% more. Finally, plug in the number of dollars per kilowatt hour the local energy utility charges. This will produce a net number that demonstrates the savings over time.
However, that does not even account for making the lighting “smart”. Investing in a smart lighting system means that the lighting can be controlled remotely and automatically shuts down during periods when it is not needed such as the evenings, early mornings, break times and the summer. These additional efficiencies can result in another 10% to 20% reduction in lighting costs.
Another big source of energy savings is the air-source heat pump. In fact, heating and energy combined usually account for half of the energy consumption of a building. Engineers have a sophisticated calculator for these savings.
The first thing you need is a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor Rating. This will differ in different parts of the state. Weather conditions near Lake Erie are quite different from those in the Southwest part of the state for example.
Next, you need a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating that determines how much energy is needed to convert the temperature one degree in a building.
Next, you need the need old and new heat pump capacity expressed in BTU/HR. Additionally, a programmatic thermostat will most likely be used in the upgraded system which will save 10% to 20% of the power just based on the timing of the energy use. The system will know to keep power use low during the evenings and early mornings.
Finally, you must insert the expected life cycle of the old system and the new one. This will produce an annual savings number and savings over the lifecycle of the upgrade.
Energy Optimizers USA is a leading company helping facilities improve their infrastructure while at the same time reducing energy costs over the long term. The company’s projects all have a rapid payback and improve the overall facilities. For more information, please contact us.
Schools exist to educate the next generation and to give them a head start in the world. Too often, though, the needs of a school butt heads with how much money is in the budget for that particular year.
Because while a school wants to do the best it can for its students, there’s no denying they have to keep the lights on and the boiler running before they can expect to teach anyone. Fortunately for Ohio schools in need of upgrades, House Bill 264 offers a way for them to save energy, and spend less money on a major necessity, without incurring any additional debt to themselves.Read More
If you’re hoping to save money on your energy bill–one of the highest ongoing operating expenses for many schools and other facilities–an energy audit is one of the best ways to help you meet your goals. An energy audit can help change the way your entire school runs and help you implement changes that will lead to substantial savings.
An energy audit takes place when an auditor comes into your school. They’ll examine how you’re using energy throughout the building, from your heating and air unit to your lights, and determine what cost-saving measures you can implement to help save on your energy budget long-term.
During an energy audit, auditors will look at every aspect of the school’s energy usage. There are several things that they’ll be sure to check out, including:
Conducting an energy audit in your school has a number of key benefits. First and foremost, it will show you where you have the potential to waste energy and what you can do to change it. Next, it will let you know what methods and strategies you can use to engage everyone in the building in energy-saving measures. When you can get faculty and students on board, you’ll be amazed by the progress you can see on your energy bill! In some schools, it’s possible to save thousands of dollars a year simply by implementing the suggestions made during your energy audit.
In many cases, auditors will also help you rank the potential improvements. They’ll let you know which issues are a high priority–for example, an HVAC unit that has leaks that could potentially be dangerous–and which ones can help you save money, but aren’t as immediately necessary. Energy auditors can also help you break down some of the estimated costs of implementing improvements.
Energy audits are relatively straightforward experiences that can transform the way your school uses energy and significantly reduce your energy costs. If you’re ready to bring in an auditor for your school and experience those great energy savings, contact us today to learn more about what we can offer.