Upgrading School Facilities Will Reduce Energy Expenses

Upgrading School Facilities Will Reduce Energy Expenses

Rick Evans How to Save Energy by Upgrading Your Aging School Building According to Education Week, the average age of school buildings in the U.S. is 44 years old. Systems within these aging buildings, such as air conditioning, heating, windows, roofs, and restrooms, are often identified as being in fair or poor condition. Not only do these outdated systems have high maintenance costs, they can also contribute to reduced indoor air quality, wasted energy and resources, and diminished occupant comfort. A cost-efficient way to bring aging facilities up to 21st century standards is with an energy savings performance contract. Performance contracting, or Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project, is a legislated alternative project delivery method to the traditional design/bid/build approach. Schools can acquire comprehensive capital energy improvements (such as lighting, HVAC equipment, and controls) through the services of an Energy Service Company (ESCo) such as Reynolds. The energy and cost savings achieved by the installed energy conservation measures (ECMs) covers all project costs, including financing, over the specified contract term. In Pennsylvania, contract terms are limited to 20 years from the date of completed project installation. Benefits of a Performance Contract Lowering utility bills Improving indoor air quality, comfort, and […]

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Five Ways to Save On Business Energy Expenses During Winter

How to Conserve Energy During the Winter Months During the winter months, many businesses and schools may experience peak utility bills and overall energy usage as building systems work to keep up with the demands of heating and proper temperature control. Old heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can often be the root cause of poor energy utilization, as well as outdated lighting components and fixtures, damaged or broken window seals, and aging building structures that have not been maintained. No matter the reason, it’s important for business owners and facility managers to take time to explore ways to reduce energy usage and address issues to help increase the comfort levels of building occupants while also reducing financial expenses. In recognition of Cut Your Energy Costs Day, our team of professionals at Reynolds Energy Solutions offer five ways that businesses and school districts can reduce their overall energy consumption and usage while also reducing their carbon footprint and operating expenses. Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions It is estimated that close to 40% of all energy usage of a building can be attributed to lighting costs. Businesses and school districts can drastically reduce their usage by installing energy efficient […]

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