GREENVILLE, N.C. — Pitt County Schools will save more than $500,000 in energy costs this year as a result of a contract negotiation and schools being closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In January, the district renegotiated its contract with Cenergistic, a sustainable energy conservation company. The district pays an annual fee to receive utility savings, which then go back into the school system.

Matt Johnson, assistant superintendent of operations, said that as a result of the contract renegotiation, the school system will get an additional $345,130.80 in utility savings each year for the next three years. This is Pitt’s sixth year with Cenergistic.

During a Pitt County Board of Education workshop on Monday, Johnson told board members, “We would like to take that money and put it into things that would enhance energy savings — such as windows, boilers and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). The priority is what would give us the most bang for our buck with our current systems,” he said.

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About Pitt County Schools

The Pitt County School System is accredited by AdvancED as a Quality School System. This achievement recognizes the quality of education afforded the students in Pitt County Schools through the leadership of the superintendent and governing authority, the dedication and service of the professional staff, and the support of community stakeholders.

Pitt County Schools currently serves more than 24,000 students in 38 schools and is continuing to see annual growth in its student population.

About Cenergistic

Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1470+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.8 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. Our energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25% with no capital investment while maintaining or improving the comfort and quality of building environments. For more than a decade, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year or Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence. To learn more, visit