North Penn School District Sees Energy Savings

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Monday, October 31, 2011

A push in the North Penn School District to trim energy costs is already reducing expenditures.

Thomas Schneider, manager of energy and operational efficiencies for the district, told the support services committee Oct. 24 that an electricity curtailment program reduced consumption by 28 percent in July and August over what the district used in those months in 2010. This saved the district $164,317.

The district did not consume 839,000 kilowatt hours it would have ordinarily used, Schneider said.

“Everybody in all the buildings worked very hard to do this,” Schneider said. “What the whole department has done is to make a strong effort to shut down equipment. Some custodians worked in the heat of July and would not turn on the air conditioning. It’s a whole district effort at this point.”

The district has also reduced its capacity charges by estimated $125,000, Schneider said. The capacity charge is the second largest portion of the electric bill, he said.

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