Energy Management Guidelines

  • Below is a brief overview of the district's energy management policy 817. Click here to view the complete policy Contact your building head custodian with questions.

    Overview of the Guidelines 

    The building principal will be accountable for energy management in his/her building with routine energy audits being conducted to ensure energy management guidelines are being followed. 

    To ensure the overall success of the energy management program, the following specific areas of emphasis will be adopted:

    1. Staff and students are expected to actively participate in energy conservation activities.
    2. Staff are responsible for implementing the guidelines during the time that they are in their classroom/assigned work area.
    3. Custodial personnel are responsible for implementing the guidelines in common areas, i.e.  halls, cafeteria, restrooms, meeting rooms, gyms, locker rooms, etc.
    4. The Energy/Maintenance Coordinator shall perform routine energy audits of all facilities and communicate the audit results to the appropriate personnel.
    5. While implementing energy management is critical, the district is committed to and responsible for the maintenance of a safe and healthy learning/working environment and will do so following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and other applicable codes.

    Energy Conservation and Building Maintenance Regulations

    General -

    1. Classroom doors shall remain closed when HVAC is operating. Doors between conditioned space and non-conditioned space/the outdoors must remain closed at all times (e.g. between hallways and gym areas).

    2. Office equipment (copiers, typewriters, radios, laminators, etc.) shall be switched off each night and during unoccupied times.
    3. All computer screens, local printers, LCD projectors, and speakers shall be turned off each night.

    Air Conditioning Equipment (Where Present) -

    1. Occupied temperature settings shall NOT be set below 74 degrees F (Fahrenheit).
    2. Air conditioning start times may be adjusted (depending on weather) to ensure classroom comfort when school begins.
    3. Ceiling fans should be operated only during occupied times. 
    4. Air conditioning should not be utilized in classrooms, empty offices, gyms, cafeterias etc. during the summer months unless they are being used for summer school, being cleaned, or being used for an approved outside user group. However, air conditioning can be employed as needed to help prevent indoor air quality problems, damage to the building, or, in extreme heat, where shelter of others may be required.

    Heating Equipment -

    1. Occupied temperature settings shall not exceed 72 degrees F.
    2. During unoccupied times, the temperature setting shall be 55 degrees F. This may be adjusted during extreme weather.
    3. During the spring and fall when there is no threat of freezing, all forced air heating systems should be switched off.
    4. The use of portable heaters is a serious fire hazard and thus they are prohibited from use in any district’s building. Concerns about heating levels, cold spots, drafts etc., should be reported to the building Head Custodian for action.

    Lighting -

    1. All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off during the work day. Teachers shall make certain that lights are turned off when leaving the classroom when empty.
    2. Natural lighting shall be used where appropriate. Shades shall be used to filter excessive sunlight/prevent excessive heating during the cooling season.
    3. Gym and auditorium lighting shall not be on unless these areas are in use.
    4. All lights will be turned off when students and staff leave at the conclusion of the workday. Lights required for cleaning are permitted.

    Space Temperatures -

    Space temperature will be maintained with the following ranges. The inability of mechanical systems to meet this requirement will be addressed by a high priority work order:

    1. Heating Season (occupied):
      1. Classrooms 65 - 72 degrees F.
      2. Offices 65 - 72 degrees F.
      3. Halls and stairs 63 - 67 degrees F.
      4. Auditoriums 68 - 72 degrees F.
      5. Gymnasiums 64 - 68 degrees F.
      6. Computer networking facilities 64 - 68 degrees F.
    2. Heating Season (unoccupied):
      1. All spaces 55 degrees F.
    3. Cooling Season:
      1. All spaces 74 - 76 degrees F (air conditioned spaces).