In a unique response to tough financial challenges, the administration of Flushing Community Schools embarked on an energy reduction program in September 2007. The driving idea was to spend less money on utilities and more on students in the classroom. They achieved this by focusing on changing the culture of district employees and upgrading to more energy efficient equipment.
Flushing also entered into a partnership with ENERGY STAR® as an additional means to track consumption of electricity and natural gas. The district’s portfolio of six buildings had a average baseline rating of 41, improving to a current score of 92. All six buildings have been awarded the prestigious ENERGY STAR plaque and have current ratings above the ENERGY STAR minimum score of 75. The ratings include the elementary schools — Central 88, Elms 88, Seymour 76 and Springview 92 — plus the middle school 97 and high school 96.
“This rebate program has enabled us to do many things that we otherwise would not have been able to accomplish such as steam traps and the lighting upgrades, with a payback of 2.5 years,” said Paul Martin, Energy Manager at Flushing Community School.
- Installed Measures: New T8 fixtures, Occupancy Sensors, Steam Trap Replacement, Energy Efficient Ice Machines, Exit Signs, Vending Machine Control
- Prescriptive Project Completed: 2012
- Overall Incentive Received: $22,160
- Approximate Electric Savings: 114,705 kWh
- Approximate Gas Savings: 3,038 MCF
Energy Savings Measures
Sustainability is always a goal in the adoption of new endeavors and is illustrated with Flushing Community. Schools being one of three districts in the nation having achieved ENERGY STAR’S highest Top Performers award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Flushing has qualified and applied for the award for 2012. In 2011, the district received the only 40 percent reduction award in the nation from ENERGY STAR.
Flushing Community Schools took advantage of the incentives offered by Consumers Energy and upgraded to more energy efficient equipment. The incentives helped reduce the out-of-pocket expenses and saved the district energy and money. To date, the district has received over $17,000 in incentives from the program.
- All gymnasium metal halide fixtures throughout the district have been replaced with energy efficient T-8 fixtures
- Additional lighting incentives have been provided to replace T-12 lighting and install motion sensors
- Occupancy sensors have been installed on beverage vending machines
- Exit signs with incandescent lamps have been upgraded to energy efficient LED signs
Steam Trap Tests and Repairs
- In 2011, Flushing Community Schools took advantage of generous stream trap incentives and replaced all faulty steam traps in three buildings
- Flushing Community Schools also took advantage of the boiler tune-up incentives (available every 24 months) to optimize boiler operations
The combined resources of Consumers Energy, Flushing Community Schools and ENERGY STAR worked together toward a common goal of saving energy and money. The result is a significant payoff for the students and residents of the Flushing community.
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