Energy Management Saves Loudoun County Public Schools $4.6M

Loudoun County Public Schools has documented more than $70 million in cost avoidance since 1993.
Solar Panel at Harmony Park and Ride Lot

Solar Panel at Harmony Park and Ride Lot

Richmond, Va.Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has unveiled the numbers regarding the energy savings program the district implemented in 1993, an effort which has led to an impressive $70 million in cost avoidance over the 23-year period.

According to John Lord, energy education specialist for LCPS, energy savings for the current school year total more than $4.6 million, a 28.9 percent reduction in utility costs for the district. The school hired their first energy manager in 1993 and teamed up with Energy Education (nowadays Cenergistic) for a 4-year comprehensive energy management program which, upon completion, continued to benefit the district through the energy-saving habits cultivated during the implementation.

The program includes 98 buildings representing more than 11 million square feet, with 205 electricity meters, 100 natural gas meters, 80 water meters, 50 diesel meters (and generators), 50 propane meters and 15 heating oil meters. The school district tracks 100 percent of its property portfolio.

Loudoun County Public Schools is currently a seven-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, a two-time winner of the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award and also earned the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s First Annual Climate and Energy Leadership Award in 2014.

Image courtesy of Loudoun County Virginia