RPS Find Energy Savings Success
Partnership with Cenergistic Delivers $500,000 Savings in First Year
In celebration of hitting a significant milestone, Rochester Public Schools today announced that the district has reduced enough energy consumption to recover more than $500,000 in utility expenses since partnering with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company.
Working with Cenergistic engineers and experts, RPS implemented a comprehensive energy conservation and sustainability program in 2018 to reduce energy consumption and utility costs.
“In just over a year, we are recovering a significant amount of our utility budget thanks to Cenergistic’s program,” said RPS Superintendent Michael Muñoz. “This program has helped us save much-needed funds while also creating a culture of sustainability within our staff and students. We acknowledge there is more work to be done to balance maximum energy efficiency and comfort.”
RPS personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and the Energy Specialist to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. The Specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention. Savings are calculated using third-party energy-accounting software.
This hand-in-hand relationship has resulted in tremendous success. The carbon emissions avoided from the energy program equate to approximately 7.6 million miles driven or the energy use of 530 houses in a year.
A primary benefit of the Cenergistic program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program. The environmental benefits of the program contribute to a reduced carbon footprint and will help RPS qualify for ENERGY STAR® certification with the Environmental Protection Agency in the near future.
Since 1986 Cenergistic has helped 1,400+ K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, governments and health care facilities find $5.4 billion and counting in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying our advanced software platform and sustainability-as-a-service solutions. Organization leaders can reduce utility spending by 20–30 percent annually with no capital investment while improving the comfort and quality of building environments. For more than a decade, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year or Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence.