Genesee Energy Consortium chalks up over $1m in savings

GENESEE COUNTY — Teachers and staff of the Genesee County Energy Consortium have chalked up over a million bucks worth of good behavior. Their energy efficient practices have earned big savings — and now those good habits are earning the consortium national recognition.

The Genesee County Energy Consortium member districts include Atherton, Beecher, Bendle, Bentley, Genesee, Genesee Intermediate School District, Lake Fenton, and Westwood Heights. Collectively, these districts have achieved $1,471,334 in cost savings in 29 months since forming a partnership with Energy Education, a national energy conservation company, which presented its Energy Excellence Award to the consortium members during a Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Board of Education meeting last month.

“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. The Genesee County Energy Consortium has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization,” said Dr. William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Energy Education. “The Superintendents and Boards of Education, along with administrators, faculty, and support staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment.”

A key benefit of the Energy Education program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings that more than pay for the program. The Energy Education Specialist, Jill Sheldon, tracks energy consumption, including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas, and fuel oil, using energy-accounting software.

By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, she can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget and many organizations credit the program with helping keep personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts. — G.G.

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