Speer Energy Services has been hired to carry out a $400,000 energy conservation program for the Wellington school district.
It will include replacing lighting, hot water heaters, and doors at all three schools.
What savings may be generated are unclear at this point, but the program allows districts to make improvements in their buildings and use the cost savings as a way to pay for the improvements.
Ohio House Bill 264 allows districts to borrow funds for this program, which aims to save money in operating costs and utility bills.
Though it just opened, McCormick Middle School will get all-new LED lighting in high-usage areas such as the gym, cafeteria, and hallways as part of the project.
“We will sell the fixtures we replace and we will recoup all that money,” said superintendent Dennis Mock. “I told them they were all brand-new fixtures.”
Removal and resale of the “old” fixtures will be up to Speer. Classroom lighting will not be replaced since there is not the cost savings as in the high usage areas, he said.
LED lighting was not installed during McCormick construction because lights were then $70 each, compared to just $20 now. The district couldn’t afford to pay that at the time, said Mock.
At Westwood, lighting will be replaced throughout the entire building. Hot water heaters and entrance and boiler room doors will also be replaced.
At the high school, lighting will be replaced in the entire building and will address the lack of amperage available at the building. Increased amperage will help equipment like freezers and welders in the shop classrooms to run more efficiently. The main entrance and kitchen doors will also be replaced.
In 2011, the district replaced windows at the high school and Westwood through a similar program.
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