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Broken Arrow Public Schools chalks up $4 million in avoided costs

Employees for Broken Arrow Public Schools have chalked up more than $4 million worth of energy-saving behavior over the last five years. Their energy-efficient changes have achieved significant savings — and those good habits were recently celebrated at the November Board of Education meeting.

Broken Arrow Public Schools saved the funds with an innovative science-based energy conservation and management program through a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, the pioneer and leading provider of technology-enabled energy conservation services.

“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone,” said Dr. William S. Spears, CEO - Founder of Cenergistic. “Broken Arrow Public Schools has achieved success by consistently implementing a comprehensive approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. Superintendent Chuck Perry and the board, with other administration, faculty, and staff members, are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment.”

The program delivers financial savings as well as an environmental benefit from a reduced carbon footprint. Energy not used prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. According to EPA/EGrid figures, since the program began, Broken Arrow Public Schools has prevented carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to over 85 million miles not driven by an average vehicle, or carbon sequestered by over 503,000 trees grown for 10 years.

“We’re reaping the benefits of this program with more comfort and better buildings. The engineering and building operations expertise Cenergistic provides is helping us redirect funds we would have paid for energy to important programs,” said BAPS Associate Superintendent Larry Shackelford.

Broken Arrow Public Schools’ comprehensive energy conservation program addresses energy use throughout the organization. Energy specialists track energy consumption at all campuses through state-of-the-art technology to identify and correct areas where energy is over-used. Energy Specialist Jadon Dykes works closely with district personnel as well as Cenergistic engineers and experts to continually optimize systems and schedules. Together they monitor energy use with advanced technology and shape energy-using practices through education — affecting how each person in the organization understands, uses, and saves energy for years to come. The outcome is healthier, more efficient buildings using less energy — and lower related costs.

Cenergistic client energy conservation programs have saved more than $6.4 billion for educational, governmental, and ministerial organizations since 1986. Its science-based programs and patented technologies are designed to optimize energy performance and create budget flexibility to help allocate savings where partners need it most. This customized energy conservation management approach provides clients more control over energy use with no upfront costs, no new equipment, and no equipment retrofits.