Fairborn City Schools setting pace for savings

December 25, 2013

FAIRBORN — Faculty and staff at Fairborn City Schools are leading the way for others while achieving big savings with energy-efficient behavior-and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition.

FCS has achieved a 29 percent cost savings totaling $519,869 in 17 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which presented the Energy Pacesetter Award during the December board meeting.

The Energy Pacesetter Award is for those stellar organizations that are “setting the pace” in energy savings for others. It is designated only for programs achieving above-average savings, recognizing the support and cooperation of administration, faculty and staff organization-wide.

“Reaching this level of savings at this stage of the program is a significant achievement. Fairborn City Schools has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistics’s organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization,” said Dr. William S. Spears, CEO and Founder of Cenergistic. “The Superintendent and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment.”

A key benefit of the Cenergistic program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program, as they have done for Fairborn City Schools. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget. Many organizations credit the program with helping keep personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts-a very real concern with today’s rising energy cost concerns.

Energy Specialist Ed Hutchison tracks district energy consumption-including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil-using energy accounting software. He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

“Strong support from Superintendent Scarberry and the board have created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present Fairborn City Schools with our Energy Pacesetter Award. The district joins a very committed, elite group of organizations across the country working hard to conserve energy so the dollars can be redirected to other needs.”

Superintendent Dave Scarberry said, “I am proud of our entire school community for embracing this program. The cost savings can help the district redirect funds to the classroom and key educational programs.”

Cenergistic is a technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company. Cenergistic helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water. Its proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology, which optimizes clients’ infrastructure, improves internal processes and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure. This approach empowers the average client to save 20-30 percent off expected utility bills. For the past five years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, including the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013.