Appliance use is a critical component of the Energy Conservation program. Appliance reduction has helped reduce energy costs by more than $3,500/month.
Appliances just being "plugged in" cost the school district money. Standby, idle or phantom energy consumption accounts for approximately 5-10% of electricity, and is estimated to contribute to 1% of global CO2 emissions.
Energy Conservation Program
The Medford School District Energy Conservation program went into effect in 2011. The purpose of the program is to strike a balance between energy conservation goals and objectives and an adequate educational environment.
- Appliances are one small component of the energy conservation program.
- All employees review the energy conservation policy during annual safe schools training.
- Heating and cooling are only on during scheduled teaching hours and for special events.
- MSD does not turn on the HVAC over breaks or on weekends – even for leadership.
- The aggregate matters. Small steps make a big difference and it all adds up over 20 sites.
- MSD spends ~ $2 million dollars a year on power and gas.
- In 2015, the energy conservation effort brought back more than $200,000 to the district.
- An improved summer shut down saved more than $50,000 in a three-month period.