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District has saved $50K since energy upgrades

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District celebrated the completion of the SAU47 energy project on Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:52PM

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District has already seen over $50,000 in energy-related savings this school year from the district-wide energy project voters approved in 2017.

The district held a celebration Tuesday afternoon at Conant High School, offering about a dozen people the chance to tour the facility and see the upgrades in person. 

“I would be okay if there were no savings, just because of the way we improved the environment in these schools,” said district Facilities Manager David Reilly. 

Reilly, who was hired in February of 2017, said one of the first things he noticed when touring the schools was the variation in temperatures from room to room. With the new heating systems at each school, that is no longer the case. 

“For a while, I couldn’t walk into a school without getting a hug from a teacher over how happy they were that the rooms were comfortable,” said Reilly. “It really has had a positive effect.”

The savings so far – $52,384.36 in total – include heating and electricity costs from through February, meaning more savings will occur throughout the year. Reilly said further savings will be realized when the school begins selling thermal renewable energy certificates (T-RECs), which are awarded when energy is generated through renewable energy sources, such as the middle/high school’s new biomass boiler. 

The new systems – which also includes lighting improvements – allows for precise control through computer software, something Reilly can control from almost anywhere. 

“From my living room, I can shut down the air units in the cafeteria,” said Reilly. 

Reilly can also look at individual room temperatures, trends, and other vital information that has already made diagnosing issues and concerns easier. 

“The energy savings in the amount of control we have had has been amazing,” said Reilly, who said an ease in diagnosing problems has led to less work orders already. 

Voters in 2017 approved raising the sum of $2,877,028 for the construction and installation of energy savings equipment, including boiler replacements, lighting upgrades, and weatherization upgrades throughout the district. It was later agreed to take out a $1.7 million bond, with about $196,000 in rebates, a $280,000 NH Public Utilities Commission grant, and up to $900,000 in unexpected funds comprising of the rest of the project cost. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.