America’s schools waste 25–30 percent of the energy they consume.1 Fortunately, the data that’s being generated by your building controls can tell you whether or not your facility is among those wasting energy. Trane® building professionals can transform this data into actionable insights that will optimize your building’s performance and impact your bottom line through reduced utility costs.
Through Trane Building Advantage™, our building professionals utilize advanced building management systems and service expertise to enhance energy management. We provide an ongoing partnership that identifies goals based on your school district’s needs and budget. This results in scalable solutions that deliver the level of service and support you require, targeted recommendations, implementation expertise, and proof that your system is impacting the bottom line.
Our contract with cooperative purchasing alliance U.S. Communities™ enables us to offer our HVAC systems, advanced controls, building contracting and energy services while satisfying competitive bid requirements for most state and local government agencies. This provides your school with the opportunity to get the best system for your needs long term, not simply the lowest-cost option today.
Trane can help school districts take advantage of financing options required to implement much-needed HVAC upgrades and other energy conservation measures with minimal capital investment. As the improvements bring in the projected energy cost savings, the new equipment can pay for itself. This is how Trane has helped schools achieve over a billion dollars in operating improvements over the years.
Installing energy efficient school systems is only half of the challenge. Making sure that students, teachers and staff are actively engaged in using energy responsibly is a critical component of any school efficiency approach. Begin by considering what K-12 energy consumption looks like in America:
The energy conservation measures (ECMs) Trane recommends—and the resulting financial benefits—will be unique to your district and based on the condition of your buildings. In general, Trane has found that implementing upgrades to achieve performance improvements typically yields the following energy savings:
A declining enrollment and lower revenues left Homestead High School with the challenge of determining ways to reduce costs, while maintaining an environment conducive to learning, and supportive of significant after hours use of the facility by the community. With fewer dollars available to pay rising gas and electric bills, as well as significant demand charges, the school sought ways to save by implementing energy saving strategies, setting energy consumption targets, creating awareness regarding the cost of community events, engaging students, and enabling more effective decision making by facility managers and school administrators.
1 Gregory Kats, “Greening America’s Schools Costs and Benefits,” October 2006