District honored for saving money

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 EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP- The Board of Education and administration were presented with the Environmental Excellence Award on Tuesday, July 17 as recognition of the district's saving more than $1 million in energy costs in a one year period. 

According to Philip Heery, the district’s energy specialist, the district was able to save $1,170,558 which is a 29.7 percent reduction in cost for the district.

“We are still in a learning mode, but when you get near 30 percent in savings, you are close to being a model program,” Heery said.

Board member Neil Anderson commended Heery and the rest of the administration and staff on meeting and even exceeding the initial expectations for the energy savings program the district implemented in late 2010 with the help of Energy Education, a consulting firm.

“Energy Education showed us the way, but you’re doing it,” he said, noting the savings allowed the district to save jobs as a result keep class sizes down. “This was the right thing to do. It was wasted energy that was just going out the door. It’s a win-win all the way around. The results are just staggering. They are tremendous, and I am so excited about it.”

Heery, who was the previous superintendent before current Superintendent Scott McCartney took over, said the wasted energy occurred during his time as chief administrator.

“There was wasted money that I wasn’t aware of under my watch,” he said, noting superintendents are typically busy with the other functions of running a district. “The board made the right decision for the students, staff and taxpayers.”

The programs put in place added up to 6,347,725 kWh of electricity and 223,257 therms of natural gas saved between May 2011 and May 2012. The reduced usage equates to preventing 4,230 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, or removing 759 cars from highways for an entire year or planting and growing 108,199 tree seedlings for 10 years, Heery said.

Moving forward, he said the district will be looking to more closely monitor the weather and adjust the heating and cooling systems more accurately, take advantage of extended breaks and long weekends for full shut down of the schools and become a partner with the national Energy Star program.

The award was presented by Ross Kelly, a representative of Energy Education.

Photo by Laura Stetser/Pictured from left are Philip Heery, district energy specialist, Superintendent Scott McCartney, Board of Education President James Galvin, Board member Neil Anderson, Ross Kelly, a representative of Energy Education and Business Administrator and Board Secretary Kateryna Bechtel with the district’s Environmental Excellence Award on Tuesday, July 14.

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