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In 2010, we conducted a 28-city event series focused on school facility management best practices called “Survivor Tour.” Joined by over 1,000 school facility professionals, we surveyed what their top issues/challenges were.
Consistently, we heard the same thing: one of their biggest challenges was “energy.”
This got us thinking. If these utility costs are not managed aggressively, they will crowd out other vital parts of the budget including maintenance staffing and education.
Energy costs represent approximately 1/3 of the M&O budget and around 2%-3% of the school district budget. While on the tour, we heard countless stories like this:
Facility Manager: “I need to hire a replacement for my retiring electrician.”
Boss: “Sorry, you can’t hire a replacement as we’ve had some major surprises on our energy bills. You’ll have to make do.”
So, if this is what our educational institutions are up against, how can things change? What will be the payoff for the hard work?
Dr. Deming, a famous quality and statistics guru said, “If you want to improve something, all you can do is start with where you are. Don’t worry too much about whether where you are is good or bad but find out what is possible and work towards that and measure how you improve over time.”
According to the US Department of Energy a typical school district can save 10%-15% by changes in behavior or increased awareness of the problems. A 10% savings can equate to $25/student per year. In a school or district with 5,000 students, that then equates to $125,000 in savings per school year!
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more with you on energy conservation and best practices. We’ll even be highlighting some great success stories! In the meantime, you can get started today. Check out the list below of basic energy saving opportunities:
Account Ownership Problems
Incorrect Units of Measure, Multipliers, Rates
Electric Demand Reduction
Oil Bill Problems