HOUSTON -- The Houston Independent School District's efforts to reduce energy consumption are paying dividends with a projected $8 million savings for the current fiscal year. The district's Energy and Sustainability department credits behavioral changes, capital repairs and preventative maintenance for the reduction in costs.
"We're excited to recognize that the district's commitment to environmental stewardship has made a positive impact on our energy cost and consumption," said Brian Busby, general manager of HISD Facilities Services. "The less money we spend on our utility bills means the more money we can put back into our schools."
About 75 percent of the energy savings resulted from changes at the campus level, including standardizing HVAC and lighting schedules. The district worked with CenterPoint Energy's SCORE program to help educate school administrators and facility managers on the benefits of energy efficiency.