Energy Conservation Success Stories
With nine schools and over 700,000 square feet of building, the North Kingston School District (NKSD) was looking for ways to not only save money, but implement green policies. By utilizing energy surveys and site reviews for all of their schools, the NKSD discovered ways to help conserve energy, while saving money which in turn could be reinvested into the schools and children.
The NKSD took a comprehensive approach towards energy conservation by employing green policies from a variety of areas: green cleaning products to help reduce human health risks by eliminating exposure to harmful chemicals, increase recycling and conserve on the consumption of resources, energy and space used in landfills, and even began to map out a plan for a community wide wind power program.
With the help of Rebate Programs for Energy Efficiency, the NKSD utilized the knowledge and experience of NorthEast and their energy efficiency partner to install energy management systems which involved programmable servers which could be programmed to various settings based key on variables such as: temperature control, occupancy rates and school schedules.
The largest project implemented involved converting the lights in the high school gymnasium to T5 enclosed fixture lighting which uses 50% less energy than traditional high-intensity discharge lamps. In order to minimize energy consumption, these lights were paired with an occupancy sensor set on 10 to 15 minute intervals, which has the potential to use 95% less energy than the high-intensity discharge lamps.
The initiative was highly successful with the gymnasium retrofit alone reducing energy consumption by 125,000 kwh annually, or $20,000. This is $20,000 which can be allocated to new school books, supplies and other materials.
The NKSD projects the energy conservation project will pay for itself in a little over a year.