School district to optimize energy use
Jacksboro ISD is looking to cut its energy costs by more than $60,000 a year.
The district has contracted with Ideal Impact, Inc. for energy optimization services. The bill for optimization is $240,000 which the district is financing for four years.
“The guaranteed savings from Ideal Impact will cover the costs of the payments,” said Superintendnet Dwain Milam. “They guarantee around $60,000 a year. Once that obligation is done, the savings will go back into the classrooms or wherever we need it. We anticipate the saving to be in excess of $60,000.”
Milam said he also anticipates the district will see savings in less wear-and-tear on the HVAC system. Ideal Impact will program the school’s computerized system on the back-end to run units differently to maintain a constant designated temperature that changes when the facilities are unoccupied. It will also prevent all units from running simulateously to reduce the district’s peak electrical draw and as a result, it’s electric rates.
Milam said for the individual units, it’s like city miles versus highway miles on a car.
Ideal Impact is accomplishing the changes mostly through the programming, though it is installing some items like additional dampers and more.
To read the complete article, see the March 10 edition of the Herald-Gazette.