Antonio Cuccaro and Michael Pate, part-time District Energy Managers for the Westfield Public Schools, inspect the new energy-efficient boiler at McKinley School. The district’s energy conservation program has surpassed the $2 million mark in savings since its inception. Credits: Westfield Public Schools
Energy Conservation Brings Savings to Westfield Public Schools
Friday, February 15, 2013 • 9:59am
The Westfield Public School District’s Energy Conservation Program has surpassed the $2 million mark in savings. Since the inception of the program in July 2007 through December 2012, the district has experienced a cost avoidance of $2,245,136 or a 30% reduction in cost based on usage prior to the program. This includes 6,857,381 KWH less of electricity – a 27% reduction in usage. Also noteworthy is the use of 754,400 therms less of natural gas - a 31% reduction in usage.
Part of the energy savings is due to efficiencies such as improved controls on HVAC (heating, ventilation and air condition), as well as a replacement program for boilers and windows. As part of the district’s facilities plan, new boilers have been installed at Franklin and McKinley Schools this school year.
“A large share of our success is due to a team effort, explained Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan. Our employees and students have been instructed and are reminded of the importance of conservation and make it part of their daily lives,” she added. The district’s two part-time Energy Managers, Michael Pate and Antonio Cuccaro, monitor the schools regularly and provide communication to staff in each of the 11 buildings.
District employees are reminded to turn off computers, monitors, and lights when not in use. On long weekends, they are also asked to unplug printers and smartboards, televisions, VCR’s, refrigerators, etc.
The Westfield Public Schools’ efforts has earned them four Energy Star awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The district’s reduction in energy has reduced CO2 emissions by 5,613 metric tons. “Not only are we focused on savings,” noted Dr. Dolan. “We want to be good citizens of the earth.”