The Board believes that measures to conserve energy resources must be an integral part of the school program. Declining levels of natural energy, as well as the rising costs of energy and impact on the District budget, mandate that the District develop and implement plans to conserve all forms of energy used throughout the District.
The Superintendent will develop an energy conservation program. Principals and administrators should advise and direct their personnel regarding this program and conservation goals. Guidelines for addressing the conservation goals should be emphasized at the beginning of each school year and reiterated throughout the year as the need arises.
Cooperation and some sacrifice will be required of each employee and student to achieve a meaningful energy conservation program that results in a more efficient use of energy resources as well as a reduced burden on the District budget.
Adopted: April 19, 2005
The following measures to conserve energy & natural resources will be instituted in the District:
- Maintain a temperature range within facilities as follows: 68-72 degrees in winter, 75-80 degrees in summer.
- Shower and locker room thermostats may be adjusted to 72 degrees. Maintenance crews will keep the physical plant and equipment at maximum efficiency to prevent energy waste.
- Install and maintain centralized energy management systems.
- Analyze the amount of fresh air being introduced into the school’s ventilation system. Fresh air should be reduced to the minimum level that meets state and local code standards.
- Seal all openings around windows and doors to prevent air infiltration.
- During unoccupied hours, recirculate air without fresh air makeup, and reduce circulation.
- During unoccupied periods, maintain a setback temperature to maximize energy savings.
- Establish a planned routine preventive maintenance program for all equipment.
- Change and clean dirty filters on a regular basis.
- Allow sunlight into the building on cold days and reduce it on hot days.
- Close drapes and blinds after school hours to reduce heat loss through window areas in the winter and to keep the heat out in the summer.
- During the heating/cooling season, keep doors and windows closed.
- Avoid blocking heating vents with furniture, draperies and books.
- No supplemental heaters are to be permitted (space heaters).
- Operate ventilation fans in kitchens and home economics rooms only when cooking equipment is in operation.
- Post a “turn off lights” sign on each electrical light switch.
- Incandescent lights are to be turned out immediately when not in use.
- Fluorescent lights are to be turned off if the room will be vacant for more than 5 minutes.
- Turn off the bank of lights nearest the windows when outside light is adequate.
- Reduce the use of corridor lighting after school hours.
- Lighting for night security shall be reduced to a minimum, utilizing the most efficient fixtures and bulbs.
- Instruct school custodial staff to turn off lights room by room as they complete their cleaning assignments.
- Establish a planned, routine preventive maintenance program for all lights and ballasts.
- As lamps are replaced, utilize “watt-miser” warm white fluorescent tubes.
Reduce and maintain the lighting level as recommended by the Department of Energy:
|Office, typing and reading rooms
Library reading areas
- Lower the temperature setting for hot water to the lowest acceptable level as determined by building codes.
- Televisions and monitors should be turned off when not in use.
- Computer CPU’s should be turned off completely during weekends and breaks.
- Replace computer monitors with flat panel, LCD monitors.
- Program monitors to blank screen when idle; do not use screen savers.
- Refrigerators, coffee pots and other kitchen appliances are not permitted in offices or classrooms and are to be utilized in designated areas only (i.e., kitchens, lounges). Authorization from the Superintendent is required for any exception to this guideline.
- Put up signs encouraging water conservation in kitchens, locker rooms and restrooms.
- Repair dripping faucets.
- Install hot water recirculating pumps.
- Install water saving devices to decrease consumption, such as toilet dams, flappers, flow reduction valves, faucet aerators and cooling system devices.
- Use water recycling systems for chillers and cooling towers.
- Replace old equipment with energy- and water-efficient equipment.
- Design landscapes that require less water
- Avoid unnecessary landscaping additions and alterations
- Favor drought-resistant plants
- Remove weeds and unhealthy plants that take water away from valued plants.
- Install soil moisture overrides or timers on sprinkler systems.
- Ensure that irrigation equipment applies water uniformly.
- Use timers to ensure that, when possible, watering is done in the early morning or evening.
- Mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weeds.
- Avoid runoff and make sure sprinklers cover just the lawn or garden, not sidewalks, driveways and gutters.
- Do not water on windy days.
- Equip all hoses with spring loaded shutoff nozzles.
- Avoid using water to clean driveways, loading docks, parking lots and sidewalks – use brooms or sweepers.
- Wash car, truck and bus fleets less often.
- Drivers of school-owned vehicles will observe posted speed limits.
- Route schedules will be prepared so that a minimum number of miles are covered.
- Vehicles should be kept in good working condition to avoid excess fuel consumption.