ERIC Number: ED486496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices For Controlling Energy Costs. A Guidebook for K-12 School System Business Officers and Facilities Managers
US Department of Energy
Operations and maintenance (O&M) offers not only strategies for maintaining facilities, but also opportunities for reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency at existing schools, regardless of age. This Guidebook provides detailed and practical guidance on how K-12 school districts can plan and implement enhancements to their current O&M programs that can successfully maintain their facilities while also reducing energy costs up to 20%. Most of the energy management strategies detailed in the Guidebook entail limited capital costs and produce rapid paybacks, in most cases, of less than two years. This Guidebook is intended for school district facilities management staff and school business staff (including Superintendents and School Board Members) who have the authority to implement such a program. School-based maintenance and custodial managers may also use this resource to help them identify and understand program details and to see the contribution they can make to the new O&M effort. With a more complete knowledge of all the options and alternatives, school administrators will be better able to design and implement an energy management effort that is appropriate to, and successful in, their own district. The following are appended: (1) Identifying Outside Assistance; (2) School District O&M Program Manager Qualifications and Responsibilities; and (3) Examples of School Energy Policy Statement and Implementation Plan. (Contains 36 endnotes.)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Authoring Institution: Princeton Energy Resources International, Rockville, MD; HPowell Energy Associates, Westford, MA; Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC.