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Energy Center - School Competition

Contest Rules

Containing Energy Expenses
Owen County Schools spend over $460,000 annually in energy costs. This is the largest non-salary expense in the district budget and is paid from the general fund which also pays teacher salaries. In 2011 the Owen County School District became an Energy Star partner and began measuring energy consumption and costs on an individual building basis. The first benchmarking of the district’s portfolio of buildings shows that Owen County Schools ranked in the bottom 1/2 of schools nationwide on an energy consumption basis that is normalized by climate. Clearly, there is room to improve.
In July 2012, the school district is beginning an Energy Challenge to promote better energy practices.
During the last year each school established an energy baseline which measured energy consumption per square foot. Over the course of the next fiscal year (ending June 30, 2013), the school with the greatest percentage decrease in energy consumption/square foot will receive a special incentive payout.

Here is the fiscal year 2010-11 result by property showing energy consumption and energy consumption per square foot.
Full Year Energy Consumption, kBTU's
Full Year kBTU's / Square Foot
OC High School
Maurice Bowling Middle School
OC Elementary (target)
OC Primary
Progress will be measured monthly by showing a year to year percentage of energy consumption.
Additional Info:
According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, 1/3 of the energy spent in a school is wasted. Savings can be achieved in a variety of ways. Following the district energy plan is a good start. This plan outlines opportunities for savings, including turning off lights, computers, and projectors when not in use. The plan also outlines the acceptable heating and cooling ranges. So dress appropriately for weather conditions and turn off equipment when not in use. You’ll be surprised at how much can be saved with a few simple steps.
This is a good opportunity to get students involved in saving energy as well. Other districts have used “building buddies” to promote and identify energy savings opportunities.
For additional help, contact a member of the District Energy Team. The team consists of: Dan Logan, Jenna Gray, Naomi Cornette, Glenna Saylor, Sharon Hubbard, and Jon Nipple.