For the last several decades, businesses and organizations across the globe have been looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their energy costs. Efficiency is always the watch-word but there is a delicate balance between practical frugality and unnecessary inconvenience. When it comes to conserving energy, success has is often hit or miss based on the techniques used and the intelligence with which they are applied.
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.
TIPP CITY, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Eight Oak Hills Local Schools buildings have attained the highly coveted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification with the assistance of Energy Optimizers, USA.
The certifications are a tremendous achievement for the district, making more than 60 percent of its properties Energy Star rated. Energy Star certified buildings and plants perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy, generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are less expensive to operate than similar buildings.
“The certifications serve as a proof of concept that the investments we have made to reduce our utility demand are paying off,” said Superintendent Jeff Brandt. “This is a third-party verification that we are headed in the right direction.”
To be eligible for Energy Star certification, a building must attain a score of 75 or higher on the EPA’s energy performance scale. Most of the district’s buildings far exceeded this threshold, with J.F. Dulles Elementary School earning a rating of 99.
The other buildings to achieve Energy Star certification and their ratings were:
Energy Optimizers, USA, partnered with Monroe-based Four Seasons Environmental, Inc., to verify the buildings’ energy performance.
The certifications come a little more than a year after the district completed an energy management project with Energy Optimizers, USA. The $4 million project improved the control and reliability of the district’s HVAC and lighting systems while significantly reducing operational costs.
“With these certifications, Oak Hills Local Schools is joining an elite group of property owners that are truly the best of the best in terms of promoting cost-effective and responsible energy use in their facilities,” said Energy Optimizers, USA President Greg Smith. “This is a district that is clearly committed to making the best use of both natural and financial resources in terms of building operations. That is something the entire community can get behind.”
As part of the energy management project, Energy Optimizers, USA, also provided funding to launch a district-wide Green Team. The Green Team involves students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing energy savings and sustainability programs throughout their school districts. The team was instrumental in installing zero-waste tables in all the district’s cafeterias. Members of the team have also attended the Ohio Energy Project Leadership Summit and participated in the AEGIS Energy Bike program.
About Energy Optimizers, USA:
Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.