Achieving the highest levels of energy savings and cost avoidance were: Ray-Pec High School north building, 38.5 percent; Raymore Elementary School, 36.5 percent; and Peculiar Elementary School, 34.1 percent.
The District in total achieved cost savings of 31.3 percent over the 10-year period.
McLain presented the custodial staffs of the three schools with a certificate of excellence for the achievement.
“The custodial staffs receive this award because of the large effort that is put into the program by the night crews,” McLain said. “They bear the majority of the responsibility of making sure the building is kept shut down as much as possible during their shift. The largest part of our energy savings occurs during the ‘unoccupied times’ in the schools and that is when the night crew does the majority of its work. They are responsible for making sure that the building is not using any more energy than necessary for them to complete their work.”
Each month, McLain logs the District's utility bills for electricity, gas, water and sewer. After adjustments for variables such as changes in weather, equipment, schedules, occupancy, and rates, the usage is compared to the base year of 2006.
Using these calculations, the District would have been expected to spend nearly $13 million on energy expenses since inception of the program. Actual energy expenditures over the 10 years have been about $8.9 million, or a savings of 31.3 percent.
Each month, McLain logs the District's utility bills for electricity, gas, water and sewer. After adjustments for variables such as changes in weather, equipment, schedules, occupancy, and rates, the usage is compared to the base year. Using these calculations, the District would have been expected to spend nearly $13 million on energy expenses since inception of the program. Actual energy expenditures over the 10 years have been about $8.9 million, or a savings of 31.3 percent.
McLain praised the efforts of District staff for support of the program. He noted that much of the savings comes during unoccupied times in buildings. Despite the increased usage of school facilities by school programs and community groups, the District continues to experience energy cost savings, McLain said.
A program that began in 2006 with a goal of energy conservation has now saved the Raymore-Peculiar School District more than $3.5 million. The attention to energy efficiency also resulted in all Ray-Pec schools and its administration building earning Energy Star certification. Some schools attained the certification in 2010, while all earned it in 2014.
Since its inception, the Energy Management program has exceeded $3.5 million in energy savings and cost avoidance.
In 2006, the district entered into a four-year contract with Energy Education, Inc. Ray-Pec hired retired Teacher Van McLain to administer the program on a part-time basis. After the contract ended, the district continued implementing the program under McLain’s leadership. The program began with small steps like reminding staff to turn off lights or to turn off computers when leaving for the day. After school is dismissed, custodians turn on lights in one area of a building at a time while cleaning, rather than keeping lights on throughout the facility.
The next steps included changing lighting and implementing temperature controls. The temperature settings are programmed through a district-wide system. At the end of the school day, heating or cooling reverts to a pre-set level for unoccupied status. When meetings or events are scheduled after hours, those events are programmed into the system to allow heat or air conditioning for the space.
Administrative Services Center
21005 S. School Rd., P.O. Box 789
Peculiar, MO 64078
Ph: (816) 892-1525
Fx: (816) 892-1385
The success of this comprehensive program is achieved through the combined effort of all support and teaching staffs.
Energy Management Plan Guidelines
Energy Management Cost Savings Report 2015
Energy Management Cost Savings Report 2014
Energy Management Program Review 2013
Energy Management Program Review 2012
Energy Management Program Review 2011
Energy Management Report Feb. 2011
Energy Management Program Review 2010
Energy Management Program Review 2009
Energy Management Program Review 2008
Energy Management Program Review 2007
Energy Management Program Review 2006