Logan County was recognized for achieving ENERGY STAR certifications for four of their schools at the district’s March 13th board meeting. The district received this recognition after implementing a variety of energy and maintenance savings techniques that provide energy savings, as well as a more comfortable and safe environment for students and staff.
“Logan county schools has achieved a significant cost savings due to the energy efficiency updates to our facilities just over the past 2 years,” said Superintendent Paul Mullins. “I’m tremendously pleased with our district’s results of the partnership with Harshaw Trane.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district partnered with Harshaw Trane, an energy services company based in Louisville, Kentucky. By leveraging the relationship with Harshaw, the district ensured that the facility’s systems would remain optimized to sustain and further grow savings opportunities.
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. By performing a Performance Contract in 2001 and joining the Intelligent Services program in 2015, the district has saved $1.479 million in energy usage avoidance since the project – a number that is over $278,000 above the guaranteed savings projected in the contract. This equates to:
• Electric Usage Savings – 17,497,816 kWh
• Natural Gas Usage Savings – 101,200 ccf
The environmental impact, calculated using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data:
• 13,022 Equivalent Metric-Tons of Carbon Dioxide
• 3,870 Passenger cars not driven for one year
• 41,575 Barrels of oil not burned
• 2,295 Households’ worth of electricity use for one year
• 147 Acres of trees preserved from deforestation
“Logan County Schools Board of Education had the vision how they could leverage energy savings and turn those dollars into capital improvements across the district,” said Chris Jaggers, K-12 Leader with Harshaw Trane. “The district has much better learning and teaching environment due to the investments they made by doing this project.”