The Ferndale School District has saved nearly $770,000 over the last three years due to a districtwide energy conservation program.
The “savings” is the difference between what the district would have likely spent without the program and what the actual utility costs have been.
According to Mark Deebach, executive director of business and support services for the district, savings were achieved the last three years by not budgeting for increased utility costs, therefore leaving money in the operating budget for other items.
In fall 2007, the district contracted with Energy Education, Inc. to provide software and training that would allow a district employee to monitor district energy use. The four-year contracts costs about $20,000 each year, with the funding coming from the utility budget.
The largest percentage savings came from Eaglelridge Elementary School, which saw its overall energy costs drop by about 30 percent over the last three years. Others schools, including Ferndale High, Horizon Middle, Mountain View Elementary, Central Elementary, North Bellingham Elementary site and Cascadia Elementary all saw energy costs drop by at least 20 percent.
Overall, the district spent $2.75 million in energy costs for the last three years. Without the energy conservation program, the costs would likely have been about $3.5 million, according to the school district.
Below is a graph showing energy costs by building. Remember this three year’s worth of data combined.
To view the district news release, click here.