Energy-saving efforts pay off for Monroeville

"The project showcases its strong vision and commitment to reducing energy use and saving money today and into the future”
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 3, 2014
More than $700,000 in energy-efficient building upgrades recently earned Monroeville Schools statewide recognition and a small cash prize.

On Monday, the district received $5,000 and an Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award from Efficiency Smart, a Columbus-based organization striving to save its partner communities energy and money.

In 2010, Monroeville Schools participated in an energy conservation program created through state House Bill 264, which allows districts to borrow funds for self-funding facility improvement projects.

To qualify, districts must indicate anticipated improvements will generate enough savings, in 15 years, to essentially pay for the entire project.

The Monroeville Schools project included new boilers, roofing, lighting, windows and more, treasurer Mike Wade said.

The entire project cost $770,000.

“The district is pleased with the results of the project, as it has lowered our energy consumption and costs as well as reduced our carbon footprint,” superintendent Gregg Elchert said.

The innovative lighting upgrades — which will generate an estimated $8,700 in annual savings — prompted Efficiency Smart to recognize the district with its award, according to a news release.

“We’re delighted to recognize Monroeville Schools for making energy-efficient upgrades,” said Kristyn Wilder, Efficiency Smart’s executive director. “The project showcases its strong vision and commitment to reducing energy use and saving money today and into the future”

The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes improvements in the district’s existing building on West Street. It doesn’t include the building extension the district is currently constructing, which will likely be completed this spring and ready for students in the fall, Wade said.

Comments

DGMutley

Yoo-hoo! Yoo-hoo! Mr. Murray are you there? hmmm. No answer!

ohioengineer

Don't get me wrong, I believe saving energy is a very worthwhile goal. However, a 15 year payback? Most private businesses would never invest money in a project with a longer payback than five years and many are closer to two years. Again, not to take anything away from the efforts of this school district, but this policy does show the difference between spending your own money and spending "taxpayer" money.