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Cherokee County school teachers and staff have racked up more than $ 2 million in energy-saving behavior. Their energy efficiency changes have resulted in significant savings – and these good habits were celebrated at a recent Board of Education meeting. Board members and directors saw net savings of over $ 2 million at the July 20 board meeting.

Schools in Cherokee County saved funds through an innovative organizational behavior-based energy conservation and management program through a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, the national energy conservation company which awarded the price.

“Reaching this savings threshold is an important step,” said Dr. William S. Spears, CEO and Founder of Cenergistic. “Cherokee County schools have been successful in consistently implementing a holistic approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. Superintendent Mike Welsh and the Board of Trustees, as well as other members of the administration, faculty and staff are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and of the environment.

The program offers financial savings as well as an environmental benefit through a reduced carbon footprint. Unused energy prevents the emission of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to figures from the EPA / EGrid, since the program began, schools in Cherokee County have avoided carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 24,728,558 miles not driven by an average vehicle, or carbon sequestered by 168,600 trees cultivated for 10 years.

“We are reaping the benefits of this program with more comfort and better buildings. The engineering and building operations expertise provided by Cenergistic helps us redirect funds that we would have paid for energy to other important projects, said Superintendent Mike Welsh.

The comprehensive behavior-based energy conservation program for Cherokee County schools addresses energy use across the district. Energy specialist Russell Jacoway works closely with district staff as well as Cenergistic engineers and experts to continually optimize systems and schedules. They monitor energy use using cutting edge technology and shape organizational behavior through education, which affects how everyone in the organization understands, uses and saves energy for them. years to come. The result is healthier, more efficient buildings that use less energy – and lower associated costs.

Cenergistic’s customer energy conservation programs have saved educational, government and ministerial organizations over $ 6 billion since 1986. This personalized approach to energy conservation management provides customers with a better control over energy consumption with no up-front costs, new equipment or equipment upgrades.

About Cenergistic

Since 1986, Cenergistic has partnered with more than 1,500 educational, municipal and health organizations to achieve $ 6.2 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These good results come from the application of organizational strategies based on Cenergistic behavior and are reinforced by our Cenergistic GreenX patent.® software platform to control the optimization of buildings and equipment. Our energy saving program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25% without 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

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