Energy Essentials: Strategies and daily checklist

As more of our buildings get plugged in to the District’s Energy Essentials conservation program, it’s important to keep the communication flowing.

Our energy conservation point man Brad Walker, alongside energy consultant Rob DeBoer, talked to the staff at Community High School today about the program and mentioned the ongoing need to report obvious energy issues (like, for example, temperature extremes in classrooms). At Turrill Elementary last week, Walker was informed about a climate control issue in the building. He alerted relevant staff members and the problem was resolved the following day. Sometimes all it takes to fix a problem is calling attention to it.

Walker has met with the staffs of about half the buildings in the District and will finish the District-wide kick-off next month.

Here’s a helpful checklist that outlines some other opportunities to conserve:

 Energy Strategies

Daily Checklist

⇒ Reduce lighting by turning off unnecessary lights internally and externally ⇒ Check all classroom lights and turn off when not needed
⇒ Remove unneeded light fixtures, chargers, appliances, and copying equipment ⇒ Be sure all lights in closets and storage areas are turned off when not in use or required
⇒ Use energy efficient light fixtures, appliances, and office equipment ⇒ Check for obstructions in front of ventilation units
⇒ Save on energy costs without sacrificing comfort ⇒ Report all equipment that is not working properly
⇒ Where classrooms or other areas are uncomfortably cold or drafty, find out why and fix the problem ⇒ Turn off all computers that are not required to be on 24 hours a day
⇒ Stop leaks!!  Look for simple draft beating strategies ⇒ Check all printers and copiers to be sure they are off before leaving the building
⇒ Use PC LAN management to enable the “sleep” mode when not in active use ⇒ Report all leaking faucets and other water related items
⇒ Maintain HVAC equipment and replace old kitchen appliances. ⇒ Be sure all parking lot lights are shut off when the buildings are unoccupied
⇒ Get the entire school involved.  Form a student energy patrol for your school building ⇒ Be sure all personal lights and fans that are brought into the classroom are turned off before leaving the school each day.
⇒ Publicize energy costs and savings. ⇒ Be sure all windows are closed and secured.

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