What is Energy Management?
Energy Management is an energy conservation program initiated by the School Board in 1990 to help the Grand Prairie School District monitor utility consumption, achieve savings by reducing energy consumption, and create a better educational environment.
Why are we doing this?
Energy costs continue to rise every year and are now at a twenty-year high. These costs have a direct impact on the funds available to the District's educational resources and programs. Aside from the funding issues, we also face a critical shortage of natural resources. We need to act now to maintain and conserve these resources when it comes to electricity. Electricity prices are based on oil prices and we have all seen oil prices soar over the past two years.
What does the Energy Manager do?
The Energy Manager facilitates all aspects of the energy program. He tracks and analyzes all utility bills (Electricity | Gas | Water ) for the entire District. Each month the bills are entered on a software program called Energy Cap that allows each building to be evaluated on a monthly basis for increased/decreased consumption and additional costs or savings. He conducts energy audits of all of the district's facilities at various times of the day and night to see how much energy our buildings consume and identify areas where the district can conserve energy and achieve cost savings.
The Energy Management Program Philosophies and Guidelines are designed to maximize comfort and safety for students, teachers, and staff, and to enhance the teaching environment while at the same time capitalize on every opportunity to conserve energy and save tax dollars and shift those dollars to other educational needs.
ENERGY STAR AWARD
The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for energy efficiency in America. The energy performance of commercial and industrial facilities is scored on a 1-100 scale and those facilities that achieve a score of 75 or higher are eligible for the ENERGY STAR, indicating that they are among the top 25% of facilities in the country for energy performance.
GPISD has been awarded through the EPA, (ENERGY STAR) certification at all 36 educational facilities. Ranking it as one of the top school districts in the country for energy efficiency.
For any further information or questions you can email Jerry Palermo.