Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

December 28, 2012

Overall school energy savings above projection

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County schools have saved $10,725 in energy costs since beginning an energy efficiency project in 2011.

However, the first full year of energy use found the schools saved less than the amount guaranteed by TRANE as part of a performance contract.

Chuck Burnett, with TRANE, said, "On the front end of contracts, there are sometimes mitigating factors that influence energy use at certain schools."

The first full year of energy efficiency program implementations garnered savings of $244,430. However, that was $18,316 less than the guaranteed savings of $262,746. Bennett explained the first year is combined with the implementation year savings, $29,041, resulting in a total savings of $338,471 in energy costs.

In future years, each year's energy savings will stand on its own and, should the school system not save the guaranteed amount, TRANE would write a check for the difference.

TRANE has analyzed data on energy use at each school to determine where greater efficiency can be found. One way that energy costs have been held down is by changing when schools use energy. An electric bill has two parts, a cost for actual consumption and a charge for kilowatt demand.

Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle said, "We did a good job of conserving energy. It's the time that we were using the energy that got us into trouble. When we all come to school at 6 a.m. and start pulling that energy to heat up the buildings, the electric company charges us more for that energy than energy pulled at 10 a.m."

The centralized HVAC controls allowed the school system to stagger when heating systems would come online during cold winter months, starting to slowly heat the building at 3 a.m., for example, rather than waiting until 6 a.m.

"It blew me away we can save money by starting the heating at 3 a.m.," VanWinkle said.

Along with those adjustments, the area also experienced several weeks of record high temperatures in August, just weeks before the year-end for the energy program on Sept. 30.

"A 105-degree August didn't help us a ton for cooling loads," Burnett said. "The last time I had the privilege of speaking to the board, we were several thousand dollars ahead of the guarantee, but August being so close to September, it took those savings in a direction we didn't foresee for year one."

The $5 million program included a new heating system at Cumberland County High School, new windows at Pine View and Homestead Elementary Schools, system-wide changes to lighting and centralized HVAC controls, power misers for vending machines and controls on water use. It was financed through future energy savings and low-interest loans and grants as well as through $484,000 from Cumberland County government that the school system is to repay the debt service fund at the conclusion of the 12-year financing period.

VanWinkle noted the school system had saved 12 percent across all utility use since the program was completed.

"That's what this is really about," she said.

Burnett added, "We've got a successful program going here. I can't thank the maintenance staff enough for being an active participant."

In other business, the board reviewed financial statements of internal school funds. VanWinkle noted there were no major findings in the report, though some errors were identified and corrected.

1
Text Only
Area News
  • waterfest2013.jpg Get on the water this weekend

    Volunteers from the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association offer basic instruction for kayakers at the 2013 Waterfest. This year’s event is set for Saturday at Meadow Park Lake from 2 to 8 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, with food, exhibits, kids games, live music and water activities, with TSRA instructors offering rides on canoes, kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks. There will also be pontoon tours of Meadow Park Lake from 3 to 7 p.m., offering a chance to look for wildlife. The University of Tennessee Concrete Canoe Team will be demonstrating their craft, as well, at 2:30 p.m.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • haslam 3.jpg Haslam makes stop in county

    Gov. Bill Haslam stopped by Cumberland County for breakfast Tuesday morning, encouraging everyone to get out and vote during the early voting period.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blood shortage looming

    The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    July 22, 2014

  • Judge ponders why stolen silver wasn't recovered

    A Crossville area man who entered into a sentencing agreement relating to the theft of silverware that was later sold to a local jewelry shop found himself with an unlikely ally — the judge.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs $89.7 million FY 2014-'15 budget

    Cumberland County's $89.7 million 2014-'15 fiscal year budget was approved during Monday evening's county commission meeting.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tennessee making strides in well-being of children

    Tennessee has made great strides in the health and well-being of children, the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book found, rising to 36 this year. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1899: Evidence points to poison in mysterious deaths

    The Nashville American reported that in January 1899, Squire Luke Stansbury, son of Rev. John Stansbury, discovered that Paris green and arsenic had been sprinkled over the hay they were feeding the cow. The evident intention was to poison the milk and, thus, poison the family. The hay was burned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Drug testing policy deferred until October

    With the start of the next school year only weeks away, the policy committee of the Cumberland County Board of Education decided to defer action on the extracurricular drug testing policy as implementation of changes would not occur before the 2015-’16 school year.

    July 21, 2014

  • camp nakanawa2.jpg Model recalls special rail service to Camp Nakanawa

    Camp Nakanawa, in the Mayland community of Cumberland County, dedicated a new, highly detailed diorama of the camp built over the past year by members of the Crossville Model Railroad Club.
    The large display is a very accurate scale model of the camp and includes a track where an HO model of the Tennessee Central Railroad delivers campers to their summer home.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Souza vows to bring public comments back for vote

    While a few public comments have been made during the last several Crossville city council meetings, the fact that some think their free speech is threatened by recent council actions has lead to discussions and letters to the editor in protest.

    July 21, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014