Noble Public Schools has cut one third of its energy costs, saving $333,364 in 23 months, through a partnership with national energy conservation company Energy Education.
On Monday, the company plans to present the school district with its Environmental Excellence Award.
“When we introduced the energy conservation policy two years ago, little did we realize how quickly momentum would build in support of this initiative,” Noble Superintendent Ronda Bass said. “Our teachers and staff are to be commended for their part in this award because they have taken it upon themselves to do what is right.”
The Energy Education program’s costs come out of the existing utility budget. Energy savings more than pay for the program, and the additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget.
According to Environmental Protection Agency/EGrid figures, Noble Public Schools has saved the equivalent of 2,446 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the first 23 months of the program, which is like removing 439 cars from the road.
John Myers, the district’s energy education specialist, compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used without conservation practices. This tracking helps him quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
“Reaching this level of savings at this stage of the program is a significant achievement,” said company chairman and founder William Spears. “Noble Public Schools has done an excellent job of implementing Energy Education’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Energy Education.