Paying attention to energy pays

Friday, June 16, 2017

Marshall County School System exceeds $1,000,000 in energy savings.

The Marshall County School System pays a lot of attention to energy use, and because of that they are not paying a lot of big energy bills. By implementing an innovative energy conservation program, the organization has significantly cut energy use – saving $1,030,413 in less than four years. These savings can be reinvested in education and educational facilities, as opposed to being paid to utility providers.

The focus on conservation reflects Marshall County School System’s partnership with Cenergistic, a national firm that helps its clients to plan and implement a comprehensive energy program focusing on the best practices for using energy. These best practices can result in up to 30 percent savings. Savings are generated from an array of systems, including: heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; cafeterias; classrooms; offices – wherever energy is consumed.

“As the district continues to work toward changing our culture from unintentional energy waste to intentional energy conservation,” stated Roy “Bam” Haislip, Marshall County School System Energy Specialist, “we see a consistent reduction in consumption of electricity, natural gas, propane, and water throughout the schools.”

Not only is the Marshall County School System saving taxpayer dollars, but their efforts are also helping protect the local environment. According to the EPA, the system’s decrease in energy use is the equivalent of taking 811 cars off local roads or planting 99,766 trees in the community.

Passing the $1,000,000 mark in savings is a significant milestone. Marshall County School System has achieved this measure of success by consistently implementing the behavioral approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization.

“First and foremost,” Mr. Haislip said, “a big thanks goes to the School Board for electing to contract with Cenergistic. The Director, along with other administration, maintenance, faculty, staff, and students have all played a huge role in making this program a success. Everyone affiliated with the Marshall County School System should be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and the environment.”