Cenergistic Inc. has a five-year contract with JefcoEd Schools to help save energy and teach school leaders and employees about energy cost avoidance for the system’s 56 schools. So far it is working, and more than one million dollars have been saved by the county schools. The goal is to have $2.4 million per year.
Upon honoring the three most successful schools currently saving on energy, September 22, Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey said, “Cenergistic Inc. has helped us focus on this important matter and we welcome these energy specialists to share with us today these important savings and to give an update on where our system is. Not only are we saving money, But we are modeling how to protect and save our resources for the students to inherit a better and healthier earth as adults.”
Andy Tillman was the spokesman for Cenergistic Inc. and showcased three different schools who are leading the savings, not only in dollars, but in cost avoidance.
Pinson Valley High was the second highest with a cost avoidance of $72,000 and a reduction of 17.8% drop in total utility expenses. Mike Turner is the principal.
Oak Grove was the second highest in percentage of savings in cost avoidance and one of two schools in the county with at least a 30% savings in cost avoidance. His school saved $62,000 and Randy McCarty is the principal.
Irondale Middle had the highest cost avoidance percentage with 33.6% and the amount saved was $101,000. Supportive help came from school leadership, maintenance department, and the local school custodians. Maintenance employees cited were Larry McAdams, Ricky Ferbert, and Felix Braden. School custodians were Gary Humphrey and Linda Smith. School leadership included Assistant Principal Aaron Jones and Principal Carita Venable.
Joining Tillman for the presentation to the boardwere Joe Bolton and Doug Hamrick who gave the challenge to the schools that if the current percentage savings of currently 15% grows to 45% this year, he would don a female cheerleading uniform and come do a cheer for the Board.