DeKalb Central Receives Energy Lighthouse Award

posted Nov 20, 2013, 8:58 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Nov 20, 2013, 8:59 AM ]
WATERLOO — The DeKalb Central school district’s 10-year energy conservation effort has earned national recognition.

The district received the Energy Lighthouse Award from Cenergistic during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The district has achieved nearly $6.9 million in cost savings in 111 months since partnering with energy conservation company Cenergistic.

“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. DeKalb County Central United School District has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The superintendent and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for being successful change agents and clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment,” said William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic.

“I am extremely pleased to present DeKalb County Central United School District with our Energy Lighthouse Award. This signifies them as members of a very committed group of organizations across the country working hard to achieve energy savings so the dollars saved can be redirected to educational needs,” Spears said.

“In a time of limited educational resources, our very comprehensive approach to energy savings has been accomplished through the dedicated efforts of every single staff member. Our staff is to be commended for their continued emphasis on achieving cost avoidance through energy savings,” said school district superintendent Sherry Grate.

School district energy specialist Michael Ellinger tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using energy-accounting software. He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used if conservation and management practices had not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, he can identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

For the past five years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including the Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Article from The Star on Wednesday, November 20, 2013