What is Energy Management?
Energy Management is an energy conservation program initiated by the School Board in 1990 to help the Grand Prairie Independent 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.
Each campus has dumpsters on site for garbage storage. Duncan Disposal will come by as scheduled to empty the dumpsters on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you notice your dumpster is not being emptied as scheduled, please call M&O dispatch at 972-343-4455. Please do not turn work orders in for missed dumpster pickups. The dispatcher will contact Duncan Disposal.
If you have furniture or large items left beside your dumpster, call dispatch and they will have our grounds department come by to pick them up.
If you notice your dumpster has a foul odor, please call dispatch and they will arrange for a new dumpster to delivered.
Energy and Compliance Standards
The following are ways to help building sites be energy efficient and comply with standards that rae acceptable in classrooms, office areas, workrooms, lounges, gyms and cafeterias.
Although personal refrigerators (to be used for instructional use only) at this time are banned (be aware, this may change), they do generate a usage demand and cost of the district's electricity bill.
The following items need to be turned off at the end of each day or when not in use:
- Computers (exception: computer with the Raptor system may stay on during the week, turn off on the weekends and holiday shutdowns)
- Monitors (including Raptor system)
- Lights (or when classrooms, offices, workrooms, lounges, gyms and cafeterias are unoccupied)
- TV Monitors
The following need to be closed while the HVAC is on during the day:
- Exterior Doors
- Doors from the hallway to foyers, classrooms, office entries, workrooms, lounges, gyms and cafeteria
Unacceptable Items in Classrooms, Office Areas, and Cubicles (FIRE CODE VIOLATIONS):
- Plug-in air fresheners
- Heat lamps
- Food warmers
- Candle warmers
- Hot plates
- Portable heaters
- Heating pads
- Candles (GP City Fire Code)
- Electric flat or steam irons
- No open flames outside Culinary Arts or Lab areas
- Coffee pots or makers
- Toaster ovens
* Personal refrigerators and items such as the ones listed above will be used against the campus when computing scores for monetary awards provided to the most energy efficient/compliant campuses.
Acceptable Items in Designated Areas:
- Heat Lamps (Clinic Training Room)
- Food warmers (Lounge Kitchen)
- Hot plates (Lounge Kitchen)
- Microwaves (Lounge Kitchen)
- Heating pads (Clinic Training Room)
- Coffee pots or makers (Lounge Kitchen)
- Toaster Ovens (Lounge Kitchen)
Non-District chemicals not allowed in the building because of respiratory health reasons:
- Scented air fresheners and/or deodorizers
- Ammonia and/or other household cleaners