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Tim O'Kane March 23, 2017 Blog

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Dr. Rose Kane Discusses Energy Transformation at Belle Plaine School District

Dr. Rose Kane told KMBZ that her school district achieved all of the goals it set out to achieve from the project “and more” including a lot of facility improvements. She said the district replaced over 15 rooftop units, upgraded to web based programmable thermostats and added “energy management systems that gave us capabilities we didn’t have before.”

ESP moved quickly to help put in place temperature set points with scheduled temperature setbacks during the time when the building or even sections of the building were not occupied automating massive energy savings. It also developed a diagnostic tool for the maintenance staff to use when someone reported a problem with temperature.

“We were able to do a lighting upgrade which gave us better and more energy efficient lighting in our classrooms,” said Kane. Her schools installed new lighting fixtures, lighting retrofits and lighting control systems.

She added that one of the areas her team hadn’t considered before the expertise of ESP was available was saving with water efficiency improvements. For example just by installing new low flow faucets the energy savings skyrocketed.

But what most impressed Kane as a school administrator was that ESP provided training for her staff on how to use the new equipment and capitalize on the other improvements that were made. They took the time to educate the educators on why energy conservation was important to the district.

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