2013 Energy Savings Progress Report

We recently shared our energy savings progress with the Penn-Harris-Madison School Board members.  Click on the following link to view the video that was shared with the school board.

Energy Education Update

2014 Energy Savings Progress Report

posted Mar 25, 2014, 11:49 AM by Robert Lovett   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 8:02 AM ]

2014 Year End Update

We recently 
shared our energy savings progress with the Penn-Harris-Madison School Board members.  Click on the following link to view the video that was shared with the school board.

Program Highlights - Building Improvements

posted Sep 20, 2013, 11:43 AM by Robert Lovett   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 8:13 AM ]

Since the first posting of highlights of our energy conservation efforts our facilities department has been busy with upgrades to our buildings.  The following is a list of improvements that we have made that will have a positive effect on the energy use and comfort in our buildings.


* Seven elementary schools have gotten Energy Management upgrades allowing these buildings to have better scheduling and comfort control.  These buildings are Madison, Elm Road, Moran, Bittersweet, Elsie Rogers and Northpoint.

* Bittersweet, Madison and Northpoint have all gotten replacement domestic hot water heaters.

* Madison has replaced the very inefficient (and somewhat ineffective) unit vents in their Cafeteria. 

* Elsie Rogers has replaced their very old fire tube boiler with 2 very efficient package boilers.

*  Penn High School, Prairie Vista Elementary and Walt Disney each added some outside lighting.  Although this equipment will increase our electrical load at these buildings we have minimized the impact by installing LED lighting.

*  All of our buildings have put security and solar window film on our 1st floor exterior windows.  This move is primarily for the security features but we will get added benefit from the solar properties of the film during the cooling seasons.

*  Our elementary schools installed doors where there were none.  This project was also done for security but will benefit our buildings by improving the efficiency of the heating and cooling equipment for individual rooms when the doors are closed.

Wasted Energy

posted Mar 4, 2013, 7:50 AM by Robert Lovett   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 7:54 AM ]

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The attached link is a blog that I found interesting and allied to our energy conservation efforts here at PHM.  The gist of the article is that the United States wastes more energy than any other nation in the world.  My take on that is that this is understandable considering we are the most industrialized nation in the world.  On the other hand we need to do everything we can to minimize our energy use to keep costs at bay and to curb our carbon footprint.  Take a look at the article and see what you think.

Energy Program Highlights

posted Feb 20, 2013, 6:47 AM by Robert Lovett   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 8:09 AM ]

The following are some bits of information that illustrate the accomplishments of the Penn Harris Madison Energy Conservation Program.
  All of the successes to follow come from the diligent efforts of the entire Penn Harris Madison Staff


  • Since the program’s inception in January of 2007 through January 2012 we have avoided paying $3,374,093.00 to our electricity, natural gas and water vendors.
  • For the past 4 years we have saved over $600,000 per year ranging from a low of $621,000 to this year’s $663,000.
  •   Our combined energy use (including electricity, natural gas and water), measured in KBTUs, has had a steady decline when compared to the year before we started our conservation efforts (2006).  In 2007 we had a modest 7% decrease in use and that figure has steadily gotten lower including this year’s 20% decrease.
  •   The amount of money we spend on our utilities has declined also.  In 2006 we spent $2,030,330.00 on all our utilities.  Each year since that amount has gotten smaller.  This past year we spent $1,844,259.00.  
  • This 9% decrease in spending comes even though we’ve had an overall increase of 13.7% of the cost of these products.  Over the past 6 years we have had a 21% increase in our electricity costs, a 33% decrease in our natural gas prices and a 42% increase in the cost of municipal water.
  • All these unadjusted successes come in the face of some major additions to our energy use.  Two examples are the addition of air conditioning to the Main Arena at Penn High and the cooling equipment added to the new corporation server room at Schmucker.
  • We’ve also done a number of things with equipment that have benefited our efforts.  Some examples are:
    • At the High School we retrofitted the Main Arena and the Auxiliary Gym with high bay lighting that uses ½ the power of the old lights and are designed to last 5 times longer.
    • Also at the High School we upgraded the building’s Energy Management System (EMS) giving us better control over the heating and cooling equipment and the common area lighting.  
    • We did the same at Schmucker and Grissom Middle Schools.
    • The computers that we’ve purchased as we upgrade use less electricity than they did in 2006.
    • At Bittersweet Elementary we replaced an inefficient water heater.
    •  At Prairie Vista and Elm Road Elementary Schools we replaced heat pump units with newer, more efficient units.
    • More work is to come on EMS equipment that will improve our efficiency.


posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by Robert Lovett   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 6:39 AM ]

The ENERGY STAR label is a very familiar icon tha represents energy efficiency for it's owner.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have teamed up to set energy efficiency standards for products and buildings.   Ten of our buildings have earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR label for buildings used for K - 12 education.  These buildings are in the top 25% of buildings when compared to similar buildings around the United States.  The buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR label for 2012 are:

Penn High School, Schmucker Middle School, Discovery Middle School, Grissom Middle School, Northpoint Elementary School, Prairie Vista Elementary School, Elm Road Elementary School, Meadow's Edge Elementary School, Elsie Rogers Elementary School and Madison Elementary School.

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