In the last 11 years Weber School District has had a cost avoidance of approximately $22,073,554 thanks to its energy conservation program.
According to Reynold Allen, the district's energy education manager, the district's program made it possible to add an additional 650,000 square feet of space and 1,500,000 feet of air conditioning to the district and yet save money. That's the equivalent of 2.25 new high schools!
It's this type of efficiency that has led the energy efficiency program and the team that leads it, to win multiple awards from Cenergistic and Rocky Mountain Power. Among these awards are the Energy Excellence award, the Chairman's Sustainability award, the Energy Lighthouse award, the Energy Champion for Year 2010" and the "Leadership and Commitment to Energy Conservation." Allen explained that with most awards the program had a projected goal for an amount to save and they were ahead of that goal by at least two months.
So how is it done? How does the energy team save all the energy and money? One of the main ways is through "energy audits." Weber District energy managers go around to all of the schools and check to make sure lights, fans, and computers are turned off, things are unplugged, and the school is doing all it can to save energy. If they find something that's wasting energy, they leave a friendly reminder for the teacher or staff member letting them know how to save the energy. This has led to the district being one of the most efficient energy savers.
Allen has high hopes that this program will continue to not only save energy and money for the district, but help the environment as well. "I would like to encourage people to be more conscientious," he said of doing the small things like unplugging cell phone chargers and turning off lights. "That's my goal. We become so set in our ways. I'm not saying some of the tools of our trade don't help; what I am saying is we don't need to be so wasteful. We just have to get people to love the program."