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Texas: GCISD Schools Gain Energy Savings

Thursday, September 29, 2016



Grapevine-Colleyville district officials report saving more than $618,000 in utility costs over the first 18 months of a contract with Cenergistic, an energy conservation consulting firm.

From January of 2015 to June of 2016, the district saved 13.8 percent of expected energy costs and reduced the energy cost per square foot by almost 30 percent, officials told trustees last month.

Under the five year contract, Cenergistic received no compensation for the first six months, after which the Dallas-based company gets 50 percent of the savings. The firm also has contracts with Keller and Mansfield school districts.

“When Cenergistic joined our district and started looking at our data, they admitted we were doing a pretty good job on our own,” said Paula Barbaroux, GCISD chief operations officer. “It was a challenge for them to find savings.”

Cenergistic employs software to assess systems for efficiency and focuses on changing the behaviors of GCISD employees to encourage them to help cut down on consumption and reduce heating and air conditioning usage at night and on weekends. The Cenergistic energy specialist assigned to Grapevine-Colleyville schools would visit campuses in the middle of the night to monitor systems and energy consumption, Barbaroux said.

District officials also performed routine maintenance, upgraded some equipment and found less expensive electrical costs based on market changes, she said.

Cenergistic energy specialist Kent Hall said that two campuses had experienced particularly high savings in the first six months of 2016: Bransford Elementary School saved $26,000 and Colleyville Heritage saved $79,000, in part, because of administrators and staff members “buying in” to the program. District-wide, facilities saved more than $70,000 a month for the first half of the year.

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