Earlier this month at the November meeting of the Circleville City School District board of education, district leadership was recognized as being a top-rated ‘Energy Savings Performer’ among META Solutions and Dynamix Energy Services customers. At the November 18th public meeting at Circleville High Schol, Mr. Jon Saxton of Dynamix Energy Services, an affiliate of Veregy Corporation, commended the district for their excellence in energy efficiency and operational performance.
With an eye on sustainable and energy efficiency solutions for our school buildings, the district uses utility auditing and electric programs as a means of fine tuning facility energy performance to reduce usage and wear-and-tear on equipment. At the time of the district’s commendation, Circleville City’s usage for the 2020 year as measured in the annual Utility Auditing Report indicated that district is operating at a total cost per square foot of $0.78.
Under this criterion, our district is rated as a top performer in META’s Energy Program, receiving an Energy Grade of ‘A’ based on current electric and gas expenditures per square foot and also as measured by a mark of 34.78 Kbtu/square foot.
Back in 2017, school leaders and members of the Circleville City Schools board of education entered into a Retro-Commissioning and Energy Savings Project with Dynamix Energy Services in the amount of $464,000.
The scope of the Energy Savings Project impacted savings by:
• Optimizing lighting controls
• Reprogramming and adjusting control algorithms of the Air Handling Units throughout the district
• Retrofitting operations of the Geothermal System to operate more efficiently
• Reducing run- time hours for many of the Geothermal System components
• And by improving overall HVAC operations at all buildings in the district
The project as of November has resulted in an energy savings of 40% and the 2017 investment being recouped in less than three years.
Energy conservation and fiscal stewardship remain core values of board leadership and the district has also implemented additional conservation measures through the varying stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce unnecessary energy usage to continue to strive to meet those goals.
To view the commendation from the November meeting of the board of education, see the video below for details (minute 2:30).