Gavin Dillingham to Speak at TEMA Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter September 4
HARC Research Scientist, Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, is slated to present, Best Practices in K-12 Energy Management: Research Results, at the Texas Energy Manager Association (TEMA) Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter on September 4, 2014.
School energy management programs can play a vital role in reducing operating costs and improving classroom productivity. School districts in the United States spend approximately $12 billion per year on energy bills with one-third of this amount being wasted due to inefficient building operation and behaviors (DOE). Further, energy utility budgets are typically the second largest budget item for a school district behind teacher’s salaries (NASB). This line item can be the easiest to lower with the implementation of an effective energy management program. Further, an effective energy management program can significantly improve student and teacher performance by maintaining ideal learning room temperatures and improving indoor air quality. In 2013, a study was initiated by HARC to develop a better understanding of the state of energy management programs in Texas School Districts. The intent was to determine the status of energy management programs in the state and to determine how district policies, organizational structure and resources that comprise an energy management program influence energy consumption. This presentation provides the results of this study.