The City School District of Albany will reduce the use of energy
throughout the school system without impacting the educational
environment while ensuring efficient and effective stewardship of public
How will this be done?
The district will:
Develop energy savings habits within all levels of facility users
Implement energy saving programs and practices
Review and authenticate energy usage and billing
Research and recommend energy efficient methods and materials
Generate an attitude and culture of energy savings
Observe and report areas for energy use reduction
Coordinate energy savings efforts with all departments within the
Develop and maintain professional and industry contacts
Seek program improvement through staff development
Why energy management?
The district’s energy-management program consists of monitoring monthly
utility usage and identifying areas where the district can reduce energy
consumption or upgrade to more efficient equipment.
The reduction in energy usage means cost savings opportunities for the
district. Those funds can then be used where it is needed most…our
Saving energy also means reducing pollution and helping our environment.
Generating just one kilowatt-hour (kWh) produces 1.6 pounds of CO2,
which is emitted into the atmosphere.
Utility bills are an expense that can be controlled, but it takes
everyone’s help. Remember that every dollar saved is a dollar that can
be used for education.
Click here to read the
district’s energy management plan.
What the district has done to reduce its carbon footprint
In 1996, the district partnered with the New York
Power Authority and retrofitted most of building light
fixtures, replacing them with energy-efficient lighting powered
by electronic ballasts. This not only reduced our electric bill
significantly, but it also enabled us to remove old style ballasts
containing harmful PCBs.
Since then, the district has continued to work with
the Power Authority on other energy-saving projects, including a
district-wide energy-management system that allows custodians to adjust
the temperature of buildings while they are empty. For example, a
school's thermostat could be set at 62 degrees during winter vacation
when the building is empty, or set at 80 degrees during summer. Also, in
2008, a geothermal loop system was installed at New Scotland Elementary
School as part of the building's renovation.
energy-efficient system uses the earth as a heat reservoir.
We look forward to many more exciting energy
projects and training programs such as solar panels and demand power
management as we work towards reducing the energy usage and carbon
footprint in our district.
What you can do to help
The district has invested money in energy-efficient equipment, building
upgrades and new construction. But YOU can make a huge impact in your
everyday actions. Here are some simple actions you can take to save
energy in your school building and at home:
Turn off lights when not in use (even if you’re just leaving the
room for 20 or 30 minutes)
Turn off electronic equipment when not in use for long periods of
time (computers, monitors, copy machines, printers)
Turn off and unplug personal appliances (desk lamps, coffee
machines, fans, space heaters) when not in use
Replace incandescent bulbs in floor lamps and task lighting with
CFLs or LEDs
Keep windows and doors closed when the heat, ventilation or air
conditioning system is running
Do not block the air flow to heating, ventilation and
In the winter, open shades and blinds during daylight hours. In the
summer, close shades and blinds during daylight hours in areas that
receive direct sunlight
Report any water leaks, problems, or other issues to the appropriate
person. You’re in your building and room every day. By reporting an
issue early on – you will save energy and can prevent larger, more
Institute an Energy Watchdog program, with
student teams trained and tasked with identifying energy waste
Useful links about saving energy
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