2013-01-20 / News

Saving energy pays off at Chesaning schools


CHESANING – Consumers Energy recently sent rebate checks totaling $9,770.40 to Chesaning Union Schools; thanks to the school district’s switch to more energy efficient lighting in 2012.

According to Chesaning Building & Grounds Maintenance Director Brian Gross, the school district’s 2012 building and sinking fund projects consisted of new gym lighting at both Chesaning High School and Chesaning Middle School, outside signs at the high school and middle school, parking lot pole lighting upgrades at the high school and middle school, as well as new office lighting in the relocated middle school office.

Gross’ maintenance crew converted all the exterior building lighting to LED fixtures at the high school, middle school and at the bus garage this past summer. He has been tracking the savings since the program began.

Of the $9,770.40 received from Consumers Energy, $5,452.80 was for summer construction projects, $2222.60 was for the high school exterior lighting retrofit and $2,095 was for the middle school and bus garage retrofit.

Back in 2007, Chesaning Union Schools made a commitment to energy savings, enlisting the guidance of Energy Education, Inc. Since the school district began implementing recommended energy savings strategies in 2007, the school district has saved $821,270.45 through “cost avoidance.”

Gross calculated the district’s cost avoidance for December 2012 at $29,159.94; and for July 2012 – December 2012, he calculated the school district’s savings at $92,273.12.

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