Chambers County Schools (AL) Achieves $500,000 Energy Savings

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Chambers County Schools in Lafayette, Alabama, reached a $500,000 savings milestone from a facilities improvement project with Schneider Electric that began in 2015. The school district project involved a comprehensive energy audit and a customized energy efficiency plan.

Prior to this project, the company says that Chambers County Schools struggled with a lengthy list of deferred maintenance challenges, which included equipment failures and outdated technology. An energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which uses projected utility savings to pay for infrastructure improvements, funded the project and allowed the school district to take on deferred maintenance projects without having to raise local taxes.

Savings to date have come from measures to improve energy efficiency such as:

  • Using the latest lighting and controls to brighten classrooms, hallways, gyms, and outdoor spaces
  • Streamlining operations with a new district-wide building automation system
  • Reducing water waste with retrofits to existing systems
  • IT server virtualization to improve staff productivity
  • Computer power management and mechanical modifications at select buildings
  • Window replacements at six schools

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Source: Energy Manager Today