ERIC Number: ED247643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Flexibility: The Key to Cutting Energy Costs.
This speech provides concrete ways for school districts to save on energy costs, based on the general concept of flexibility in energy systems. These methods have been successfully implemented in the Salem (Oregon) school district. The first idea is to set up a weekly, rather than annual, bidding system to increase fuel price options. This provides the flexibility to respond to fluctuations in the world energy market, and thereby save considerably on fuel costs while choosing the best quality fuels from competing vendors. Converting boilers to burn either oil or gas will allow school districts to choose whichever fuel is less expensive from week to week. Other methods include selective heating of zones within a building (depending on time of day, usage, and sun exposure), heat recovery systems on air vents, and separate hot water heaters. Because electric companies charge a penalty for peak loads, timers on air circulation equipment enable schools to distribute kilowatt loads more efficiently. Slight decreases in room temperature and lighting also result in significant savings, as does preventive maintenance. Advice is also offered on raising the initial capital needed to institute energy conservation measures, by applying for federal and state grants or matching funds. (TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Salem Public Schools OR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (Houston, TX, March 31-April 3, 1984).