Where do the numbers come from?
So you are probably wondering what cost avoidance is and how the figures are calculated. Every utility bill that the district receives is entered into a program called EnergyCAP. EnergyCAP tracks the kilowatts of electricity, the peak demand for the electricity, the therms of gas, and the hundreds of gallons of water for each month. EnergyCAP then downloads weather data from the National Weather Service and any program changes.
The program then uses industry standard calculations approved by the EPA and EnergyStar to compare the usage and cost for the month to the same month of the previous year. So what is Cost Avoidance? This can be a difficult concept but here is a simple explanation. Let's say that in November 2014 you used 1000 gallons of gas and paid $2.00 a gallon for a total of $2000. In November of 2015 you used 900 gallons of gas and paid $3.00 a gallon for a total of $2700. While you used less gas in 2015 than in 2014, you still paid more because the price went up. However, if you had used that same 1000 gallons at $3.00 a gallon, you would have spent $3000. So while you paid more, you actually had a cost avoidance of $300 for the month.
We have averaged approximately $41,000 per month in cost avoidance since November 2011.
What you can do to help
Do your part to help our district be a wise energy user. Turn off as much as you can when you can. Before long breaks, check the following things:
1. Make sure computers and monitors are turned off.
2. If you do not use your TV for announcements, unplug it or, if it is plugged into a power strip, turn it off.
3. Make sure doc cams and printers are turned off.
4. Turn the power switch on your projector off if you can reach it.
5. Microwaves and coffee pots in lounges should be unplugged.
6. See if you can consolidate food in the lounge refrigerators into one and clean and unplug the rest.
7. Unplug anything that you can, radios, pencil sharpeners, etc.
8. Be sure to turn your lights off when you leave your classroom for more than a few minutes.
9. If you have a personal refrigerator in your classroom, clean it out and unplug it, leave the door open to air out.