Across the region, school districts are feeling the sting of rising energy costs and trying to lessen the financial pain by using energy conservation grants and incentive programs.
By the end of 2006 Ipswich will have made energy-saving changes in its administration building, both elementary schools and its high school-middle school.
"Our electricity costs for the high school-middle school are $220,000 and gas heat another $200,000. Money used for energy takes away from educational programs, that's why we are trying to reduce our costs," said Superintendent Rick Korb.
Starting in October, contractors will install insulation and air selants in the high school-middle school. In January, they plan to install a computerized energy management system and control panel to identify and regulate heat flow throughout the facility. During April vacation, the multi-vapor lights in the gym will be replaced with more efficient fixtures.
The insulation project will cost $15,000 - $20,000 and with a savings of $4,500 per year will pay for iteslf in less than four years. Replacing the multi-vapor lights will cost $40,000 and save $7,020 annually. The energy management system will have a four year pay-back period.
by David Rattigan, Globe Correspondent
|Ipswich School Department
||Sep 29, 2006 at 4:45 PM
| Ipswich, MA