FRHSD Slashes Energy Use 31 Percent Through Conservation Program
Freehold Regional High School District’s (FRHSD) energy conservation partnership with Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, culminated in a 31 percent decrease in energy use by the time the 2020-2021 school year began this past September. The 31 percent energy reduction from the program equates to avoiding carbon emissions produced by 8 million miles of automobile travel.
“Our Cenergistic partnership has resulted in our district conserving energy effectively within our buildings. The collaboration has also aided us in ensuring the safety of our students and staff during the ongoing pandemic,” said Sean Boyce, Assistant Superintendent for Business Administration at FRHSD. “The success of this program goes beyond energy conservation."
FRHSD personnel worked alongside Cenergistic experts and the Energy Specialist to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. The Energy Specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses with leading state-of-the-art technology to identify waste and drive conservation.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, Robert Romano, the program’s Energy Specialist, worked with FRHSD’s operations department and building supervisors to ensure equipment continued to run efficiently. With a combination of remote and in-building audits, Mr. Romano was able to aid FRHSD staff in implementing measures to manage humidity and prepare equipment for eventual re-opening. Throughout the process, Cenergistic experts and district personnel exchanged best practices for running facilities under different scenarios.
“Ensuring buildings are safe for students to return has been the top priority,” said Romano. “It’s taken a total team effort from every custodian and maintenance staff member to create healthy buildings for students and teachers.”
Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1470+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.8 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. Our energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25% with no capital investment while maintaining or 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. To learn more, visit www.cenergistic.com.