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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.