Highlights of Memo sent out through email to All Users by Dr. Langham on March 4, 2009
- Every person is expected to be an "energy saver" as well as an "energy consumer."
- The staff member is responsible for implementing the guidelines during the time that he/she is present in the classroom or office.
- The building administrator is responsible for the total energy usage of his/her building.
- The Energy Educator/Manager performs routine audits of all facilities and communicates the audit results to the appropriate personnel
- Classroom doors shall remain closed when heating and air conditioning is operating.
- The occupied cooling should be 74 to 78 degrees with unoccupied (nightly, weekends, and holidays) set at 85 degrees. The occupied heating should be 68 to 72 degrees with unoccupied (nightly, weekends, and holidays) set at 55 degrees.
- Where cross-ventilation is available during periods of mild weather, shut down heating and air conditioning equipment and adjust temperature with windows and doors.
- All office machines (copy machines, laminating equipment, etc.) shall be switched off each night and during unoccupied times. Fax machines should remain on.
- All computers should be turned off on weekends and holidays. Additionally, all peripheral devices (monitors, local printers, speakers, and document cameras, etc.) should be turned off daily.
- All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off. Staff should make certain that lights are turned off when leaving the classroom or office when empty. Utilize natural lighting where appropriate.
- All lights will be turned off when students and staff leave for the day.
- Refrain from turning lights on unless definitely needed. Remember that lights not only consume electricity, but also give off heat that places an additional load on the air conditioning equipment and thereby increases the use of electricity necessary to cool the room.
Elmore County Public Schools Provides Free Energy Dashboard To The Community
Elmore County Public Schools is pleased to announce the availability of a free online energy tracking tool. The free website, named GreenQuest, is a personal energy dashboard that enables community members to track and analyze the energy use for their home or place of business. We are providing GreenQuest to the community in order to educate, raise awareness, and promote energy conservation.
At http://mygreenquest.com/elmorek12al, district residents can track their energy use and cost; compare their building with its peers; evaluate energy saving projects; track their carbon footprint; analyze energy use with AccuWeather weather data; and as an option, obtain an ENERGY STAR building rating (for commercial buildings). The service is completely free for community members and it's safe and secure-no confidential user information (account numbers, etc.) is entered into GreenQuest.
I am a strong proponent of energy tracking: "We use an energy management software program to track the utility bills for all district buildings and have found it to be invaluable. When you want to save energy and reduce your carbon emissions, the first step is to track your usage. With GreenQuest, we're giving every household and business in the district a powerful tool to do the same thing."
Once you go in and sign up for a free account you will need to wait for an email to arrive in your inbox. Once you receive the confirmation email click on the link inside your email and begin tracking your energy usage.
Ray Stringer, Energy Manager, Elmore County Public Schools