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If there is one tech geek "ooooh" moment I enjoy seeing from clients is understanding the power and ability of having SchoolDude applications save your favorite searches and automatically sending a report to one or more people.  Often, teams …

Author: Dave Kornegay

According to 2012 EPA data, the median Energy Use Intensity (EUI is the calculation of a building’s kbtu/ft2 per year) of a K-12 school was 123. Are you ready for the challenge of maintaining a net zero school – one that produces the same amount of …

Author: Angela Cullen

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.

Energy is a big deal. The rises and fluctuations in energy costs have the potential to impact a school’s operating budget in a dramatic way, but many schools are choosing to simply pay the bills and ignore huge savings opportunities...


Author: SchoolDude

In early 2013, the Johnson Controls Institute (JCI) for Building Efficiency conducted its seventh annual Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) study. The study analyzed energy efficient technologies, practices and investments made by over 3,000 executive decision-makers around the world — including many schools. It found that organizations with publicly stated energy conservation goals implemented 50% more energy management practices than organizations without goals. Most notably, JCI found that 70% of organizations with goals track and analyze their energy usage data at least monthly.......

Author: SchoolDude

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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