The district reportedly has saved about $1.1 million in natural gas costs since the improvements were implemented in 2010. This equates to about a quarter-million dollars per year.
The district used money to update boilers, install energy-efficient windows and doors, switch to one central water heater per building, and add new boilers and temperature controls in most buildings.
And before the district installed energy-efficient products, costs decreased from efforts with the Buc$ Energy Program — a program started in 2007 that identified ways buildings could become more efficient. The program resulted in efforts to keep lights out when not in use, and fixing leaking faucets in restrooms and other areas.
With these kinds of savings and efforts to be more energy efficient, it's nice to see that Grand Haven school district officials are seeing positive results when the financial road is rocky for many Michigan school districts.
Maybe that money saved each year in energy use resulted in fewer teachers needing to be laid off, or perhaps it resulted in the saving of an additional program within the district.
As the years go on and the system ages, let's hope that the savings continue to be seen and that district officials notice more improvements. And let's also hope that district staff and students continue to find ways to be energy efficient.
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