Energy Conservation

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The Energy Conservation Sustainability Goal for 2018-2019 is to reduce energy consumption to 13.1 kWh/per square foot.
The actual consumption is 13.69 kWh/per square foot. This represents a 2.09% increase over last year.

The OCPS Facilities Department has developed a multi-pronged approach to achieve the Sustainability Goal for progressive reductions in energy consumption.

Eleven new schools were opened in 2018-19. Each was built to Department of Education’s Green Globes standards. Since 2012, the District has participated in Duke and OUC’s Energy Rebate programs for commercial utility customers. The Energy Rebate program provides cash incentives for the inclusion of cool roofs, window film installation, Energy Star windows and heat pumps, highly efficient HVAC systems and other conservation upgrades in new construction and major capital renewal projects. Since 2012, the District has earned over $2.8 million dollars, which is reinvested into other efficiency projects. In 2018-2019, the total amount earned in Energy Rebates for new construction was $392,066. 
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In addition, OUC offers custom incentives to projects that reduce peak demand for electricity.  OCPS received utility bill credits for the custom incentives in the amount of $52,695 last year for these type of projects. The Energy Rebate earnings completely fund Sustainability Projects which reinvest the earnings into measures to assist the District in achieving their Sustainability Goals.

The 2018-2019 Sustainability Projects include the retrocommissing of three schools, the installation of sewer deduct meters at eight (8) schools and Calsense irrigation systems on athletic fields at five (5) high schools.
During 2018-19, additional energy conservation measures included the installation of Energy Star appliances in over 100 school kitchens, LED lighting retrofits in two schools and two ancillary facilities and chiller replacements in eight schools.
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As part of curriculum, students learn the importance of energy conservation and increasing the use of renewables for energy production.  At the elementary level, students are creating school-wide projects to promote energy conservation. Secondary students are applying real life strategies to implement energy savings in classrooms by using the buildings as tools for learning.  An Innovative STEM project had students identify a very hot classroom, then research and determine the best window film application to cool the room, thereby reducing energy consumption and saving money.