The South Central Local Schools in Ohio worked with Energy Optimizers, USA on energy efficient upgrades and retrofits in 2013. Those changes have been paying off. Over the past three years, the school district to the southwest of Cleveland has saved more than $104,000 in utility costs, Energy Optimizers, USA announced.
The project involved retrofitting the school district’s lighting systems with lower wattage fluorescents, and making energy efficient upgrades to the kitchens. Prior to 2013, the district was shelling out $127,000 annually for energy, and now annual utility costs are at $101,450, with savings normalized for weather, Energy Optimizers USA says. Electrical consumption for the school district is also down 31.3%, the company reported.
Over the past several years, Ohio has become a hotspot for energy efficient retrofits and upgrades to schools. In 2011, the US Green Building Council recognized Ohio for having the most LEED-registered and certified school projects of any state. A number of projects, including the retrofits and upgrades for South Central Local Schools, have been funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s House Bill 264 energy conservation program.
Just a few weeks ago, the Springfield Local School District in Akron announced a new project — also with Energy Optimizers, USA — that is expected to save more than $82,000 on annual utility and operational costs.
Energy Optimizers USA, an energy efficiency and energy savings company based in Tipp City, Ohio, is guaranteeing energy savings for the South Central Local Schools project for three years.