Energy Management for School Buildings

Source: Energy Information Administration, Major Fuel Consumption (Btu) by End Use, 2003

Budget Challenges & Rising Energy Costs
Lack School superintendents, administrators and facility managers must pare down all wasteful expenses to keep a focus on educating children. In addition, communities are increasingly looking at schools and public buildings to promote and demonstrate the effectiveness of green strategies. Thus, maintaining a cost-effective energy policy to reduce energy waste across a district has become an important way to curb spiraling energy budgets and reduce carbon emissions.

Reducing HVAC energy waste through better management can reduce building energy consumption by 25% or more without sacrificing indoor environmental quality, making it a practical and effective strategy.

Intelligent Energy Management
Energy management can actively measure and control energy consumption in real-time 24/7. It enables:

  • Visibility to patterns of energy consumption
  • Implementation of consistent energy policies
  • Policy compliance
  • Measuring performance for continuous improvement

Operation of HVAC and lighting represent most of the energy consumption in school buildings. While policies may be developed to manually reduce wasteful consumption, generally schools cannot always comply because of schedule changes, special events, or inattention.

District-Wide Solution
The solution is a district-wide energy conservation program that can be rapidly deployed throughout a district with limited capital costs and class disruption. You quickly gain usage data, trends and better overall control for saving energy. Millennial Net’s wireless Energy Management Solutions are designed to leverage existing infrastructure to rapidly retrofit buildings and achieve significant savings of 10 to 30%; with a payback period typically under 2 years. 

Millennial Net’s Solution
Millennial Net’s Energy Management System helps to balance both budgetary constraints and operational priorities. It is designed for rapid and affordable deployment across multiple buildings. It uses wireless devices and the internet to reduce installation costs and provide greater coverage of sensors and control points.

Every classroom and office is monitored with a network of intelligent wireless devices in each school that collect and move data bi-directionally in real-time. For HVAC management, the primary intelligent devices are wireless thermostats feeding data via internet to a software system that controls the temperatures versus an established energy management profile.

Result: Consistent energy savings up to 30% with no loss in comfort and learning effectiveness. 

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