No One Likes an Energy Hog
POTTSTOWN, PA – At last Thursday’s Pottstown School Board Committee of the Whole meeting, the results of an energy audit were presented to the Board by Reynolds Energy Services, an independently-owned energy consulting firm based in Harrisburg that focuses on working with clients to make their facilities as energy efficient as possible.
Today’s Mercury reports on the results presented to the Board:
The good news is that the middle school is the most energy efficient building (receiving an Energy Star rating of 66…with 70 being the average). The bad news is that the high school and the five elementary school buildings fared far worse (receiving ratings in the twenties, teens and single digits).
As reported in the article, the consultants stated that simple procedures (like turning off the lights in unused rooms) could result in “significant energy savings”. See? Dad was right!
Interestingly, there was no mention of geo-thermal heating or any kind of energy savings related to installing that type of system in the school buildings. Nor was there any mention of installing historically-accurate windows and how they might result in energy savings.
While the district’s modular units were mentioned in the report, their results were not fully discussed during Thursday’s meeting. Although, it was mentioned that the electrical energy costs for the district’s 23 modular units is $45,000. So….let’s just say that you want to propose removing 10 modular units from the electrical grid. That would result in a savings of somewhere south of $20,000. Hmmm. While saving money is always a good thing…saving $20,000 and not proposing a workable and realistic plan (with correct and accurate facts and figures) for those modular units you want to get rid of is a total joke. The district would be better off saving that kind of money by reducing the pensions and benefits of retired school teachers.
The energy audit report should definitely be forwarded to the President’s Task Force, as they are currently in the process of exploring all options regarding the future of Pottstown’s five elementary schools.
It makes sense to spend $1.5 million to make our school buildings more energy efficient…especially since the price tag to do so is nowhere near the $15 million price tag proposed by Board Member Thomas Hylton earlier this year.