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What Are You Going To Do Today to Help Ensure a Better Tomorrow?

Let’s get the year started in the right direction. Here is a list of simple tips in each of our solutions that can help you do a better job of improving accountability, justifying resources, and understanding where you are spending and using your time.

Ask yourself this question.

Have we looked inward? If so, now how do we compare to other schools and districts nationwide? How well are we really doing? The answer is simple; go look at your Key Performance Indicators, part of the Dude Data Dashboard


The challenge is there. What legacy will you leave when it is your time to move on to the next part of life. Will you leave your educational organization better off than when the responsibility was handed over to you? Will you be able to measure what you are managing? Do you and your staff have the intangibles, that “It Factor” that makes the difference between doing the minimum and going above and beyond to ensure that your students, faculty, and staff have the best possible place to teach, to learn, and to thrive? Ask yourself and then see where you stand. Are you good at what you do or great at what you do? Go look at your Key Performance Indicators in the SchoolDude Community.

You start small and end up big.” This is Dan Caley’s mantra for introducing an energy management program to an educational organization. He knows a thing or two about managing energy. In the past 5 years since the former parole officer turned energy expert started at Rogers Public Schools in Rogers, Arkansas, they have achieved a savings of around $700,000 on actual utility expenditures. “That’s not cost avoidance, that is dollar for dollar we are down. We are down 30% of our energy use.” UtilityDirect has been a robust tool that has helped Dan promote and fund district wide projects, including a $2.2 million lighting project, that have helped achieve the savings he outlined.

So Many Assets, So Little Time
  • 8/21/2013
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Paul Fletcher is a Senior Client Success Advocate on the SchoolDude SuccessOps team. Paul provides world-class support and works closely with our clients to ensure their success, anticipate challenges they face, and deliver practical solutions to …

It is hard to know how well your buildings are performing based on the energy they are consuming. There is not one single formula or method for figuring out and understanding how to measure this, but there is one that has been around for awhile. Measuring a building’s Energy Use Intensity or EUI, is a great way to start. A Building’s EUI is made up of its KBTU per square foot. The KBTU is basically all of the building’s energy use converted to a common unit and stands for 1,000 British Thermal Units. This can be electricity (KWH), natural gas, (Therms, MCF, CCF), propane (Gallons), or others that can be converted to KBTU, but non-energy items such as water and trash cannot. It is still important to be good stewards of these utilities, but they do not factor into a building’s EUI. By combining all of the energy units to one common unit, you can compare one building’s EUI to another, like sized building...

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