Clovis Unified takes a pro-active approach to managing energy use at its schools and district facilities in order to be a good steward of both its financial resources and the world’s environment. In an effort to achieve this goal, the District’s energy conservation program was developed with assistance from Energy Education, and since June 2008 has decreased energy consumption in Clovis Unified by 19%. This 19% reduction equals 1,336,803 kWh of electricity, 42,866 therms of Natural Gas and 8,008 gallons of water which would translate in a reduction of Greenhouse gases equal to 139 fewer automobiles on the highway annually, or 19,851 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
The District’s energy management staff has three primary goals; to maintain comfort and safety in occupied facilities, eliminate energy waste and save dollars. During the period of June 2008 to August 2009, the District’s energy education efforts were responsible for cost avoidance of more than $2.4 million (the cost of approximately 25 teaching positions). Efforts to support these goals include:
Manage Comfort & Safety in Occupied Areas
- Coordinate facility use with operation of lighting and HVAC equipment
- Monitor operational efficiency of equipment
Eliminate Energy Waste
- Audit every building at least once per week
- Track and analyze consumption for building efficiency
- Maintain the guidelines described in Governing Board Policy 5201 – Energy and Water Conservation Program
- Pursue third party accreditation of energy conservation through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Building Label for Clovis Unified facilities
- Minimize consumption and demand charges throughout the District’s facilities
- Evaluate usage trends for abnormalities and pursue resolution of overcharges (Since June 2008 the department has recovered more than $60,000 in billing errors.)
- Maximize the District’s use of rebate and grant programs to reduce utility expenses
- Costs for the District’s energy management program and staff are paid with money saved through energy reductions.
Because of the large energy demands of a school district the size of Clovis Unified, it is our financial and environmental responsibility to make every effort to reduce our energy footprint. We would also like the invite the community to help us conserve our natural resources. If you see an area in which Clovis Unified could improve its energy conservation efforts, please share your ideas with us by emailing GIS Coordinator of Energy Management Stuart Ogren.