Schoharie Central School saves more than $256,000 in energy costs over
five years, benefiting local residents and the environment
At Schoharie Central School, every day is an opportunity to save energy
dollars and the environment, and the district has achieved more than
$256,000 in savings over the past five years through its innovative
energy conservation program.
The savings represent 14.7 percent of what energy costs would have been
without the program. In environmental terms, the energy saved by
reducing carbon dioxide emissions equates to 146 fewer autos traveling
the nation's highways for one year.
Cliff Haslun serves as Schoharie Central's energy manager, and the
district works in partnership with Energy Education, Inc. to conserve
energy and cut costs.
"By implementing best practices for energy use throughout our buildings,
we create savings, improve the learning environment and retain dollars
for education — it’s the right thing to do," said Schoharie
Superintendent Brian Sherman. "And, our program teaches
people to make good decisions about the energy they use, and every
person on our staff uses only the amount of energy needed."
Energy Education, Inc. is a behavior-based conservation company. Using
Energy Education’s system, Schoharie Central has implemented a
customized and sustainable program that reduces consumption of
electricity, fuel oil, propane gas and water through changes in
organizational and human behavior.
As energy manager for the school district, Haslun received intensive
training from Energy Education in determining and implemening
energy-saving techniques throughout the buildings. Haslun conducts daily
energy audits to ensure that students, staff and faculty are comfortable
during class time and scheduled activities, and that energy is used only
Every energy-using item in the school district — including all heating,
ventilation and air conditioning systems, food service facilities,
offices and classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums and computer
labs — receives ongoing evaluation for the best, most efficient use of
energy while ensuring that the learning environment is at its best.
To verify the program’s effectiveness and identify further conservation
opportunities, energy consumption is monitored by using
energy-accounting software. The software compares current energy use to
a previous baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that
would have been used if conservation and management practices had not
The software also adjusts for weather, equipment additions or deletions,
and changes in building use. By tracking consumption and analyzing
energy use, it helps Haslun quickly identify and correct any energy use
that needs to be addressed.
All costs of the Energy Education program come from the existing budget
for utilities, with savings guaranteed to more than pay for the
program's administration. Cost savings are reserved for other parts of
the school district's operating budget. In addition, the conservation
program is sustainable for years.