LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Energy savings are even better than expected at the Lafayette School Corporation.
School board members heard their first presentation from their full-time energy specialist in a work session Monday night.
As News 18 reported last April, LSC entered into a $200,000 annual contract with an energy conservation company named Cenergistic.
Board members heard that in just the four months between October and January, the district has already saved $238,000 and cut their bills by 22 percent, which officials say is a pleasant surprise.
“To be real honest, we didn’t expect to see this much because I know there were question marks going into this program and then you throw in the extreme winter that we had, we just didn’t know,” said LSC Superintendent Les Huddle.
Much of the savings come from trying to turn the lights off when possible as well as making sure the heating and air conditioning units are only on when people are in the building.
Cenergistic representatives say more savings are possible, they think perhaps as much as 30 percent overall.
Board members also heard about a proposed policy change to make every person who attends a school dance at Jeff High School to pass a breathalyzer test.
It’s something that is already done at Harrison and McCutcheon high schools and on a random basis at West Lafayette.