KATY ISD/EDUCATION

KISD saves more than $4 million in energy costs

By R. Hans Miller, News Editor
Posted 7/28/21

Katy ISD officials said Monday that 24 of the district’s campuses have earned Energy Star Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In a press release, the district said more …

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KATY ISD/EDUCATION

KISD saves more than $4 million in energy costs

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Katy ISD officials said Monday that 24 of the district’s campuses have earned Energy Star Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In a press release, the district said more than $4 million had been saved by the district through a coordinated effort with Cenergistic, a Texas-based company focusing on helping schools save energy.

“Through approved bond projects, the Katy ISD Operations Division has been able to install new equipment that is both energy-efficient and more reliable for campuses and District facilities,” KISD Chief Operations Officer Ted Vierling said.

A district press release said the district has prioritized energy conservation for electricity, gas and water in order to utilize funds in more direct classroom activities that help students and teachers. The joint effort with Cenergistic has helped the district establish best practices such as fine-tuning air conditioning run times, identifying AC and lighting schedules, overnight equipment checks, updated technology and other protocols.

The district has also committed to sustaining its efforts into future campuses and remodeled campuses. During a tour of Winborn Elementary, staff indicated that improving efficiency in both the use of space and energy was a part of the desired outcome for the district’s $676.2 million bond package passed in May. Additionally, incorporating LED lighting, efficient water fixtures and a massive solar array at Haskett Junior High, the district’s newest campus expected to open this fall, are ways the district is looking to be more efficient from an energy and environmental perspective. The solar array is expected to meet about half of Haskett’s electrical needs.

Vierling said that making simple changes and being aware of best practices help the district save money which is good for the environment and the district’s proverbial pocketbook.

“Small changes such as upgrading lighting from old technology to light-emitting diode to larger adjustments such as replacing boilers and chillers have improved efficiency for both energy and water consumption,” Vierling said.

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