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Energy and Efficiencies

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The District has an approximate annual utility budget of $45 million (2015). This includes electric, natural gas, heating oil, steam, water and sewer, fireline, and stormwater. The District is committed to communicating information about its energy management programs and data in a meaningful way.
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Mission

Reduce spending on energy so that funds can be used for education.

Instill a culture of energy conservation throughout the District.

Reduce the environmental and human health impacts associated with fossil fuel combustion.

Goal

Every school will conserve energy.

Target

The District will decrease its energy consumption by 20% over five years.

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Energy Consumption Data

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The District tracks utility consumption and energy performance ratings utilizing ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® for all of its buildings. The graph on the below illustrates the past five years of electricity consumption data. The data here has been normalized in order to compare year-to-year usage on a common basis. Weather normalized energy accounts for abnormal regional weather conditions in a given year and calculates what energy consumption would have been under normal regional weather conditions.

Please contact the school principal to obtain your school’s login information.

*calculated from weather normalized data from schools that were operational between
fiscal years 2011 and 2015.

One factor to consider when looking at the trends in the reduction of energy consumption is building improvements and renovations. The District has completed several major relighting projects and natural gas conversions.

Student Driven Energy Education Program

    • Promotes behavior changes among students and staff;
    • Instructs students on the basics of auditing spaces;
    • Involves students in the “use detail” verification process (e.g. number of classrooms or computers) for use in US EPA Energy STAR Portfolio Manager tool;
    • Empowers students to identify and and implement schools operational changes with support from appropriate District facilities staff; and
    • Includes an energy audit toolkit that contains a light meter; infrared gun; flicker meter; watt meter; plug strip; and light bulb socket.

Resources

City Of Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking

City Of Philadelphia
Building Energy Benchmarking

The city’s visualization tool provides building-level energy performance data for the 2013 and 2014 calendar years for the nearly 2,000 properties required to report utility information as part of Philadelphia’s energy benchmarking law.

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*Using a scale from one to one hundred, the Energy STAR scoring system provides a comparative value to a facility’s energy consumption relative to that of similar facilities nationwide. Calculations used to determine a buildings score account for such variables as use, occupancy, square footage, mechanical systems, consumption data, climate zone, etc.  A building's score increases relative to its energy performance, with a rating of fifty being defined as the industry average. A building with a rating of 75 means that it performs better than 75% of similar buildings nationally.

When students have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that is beneficial to both students and the school, everyone wins. – Jose Ramos, Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School