St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, was recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as a “Business Leader in Energy Efficiency.”
The St. Paul’s School was honored in 2011 for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in operations and residential housing. These efforts have resulted in annual energy savings of over 462,000 kWh and a cost savings of over $56,000 for facilities as well as energy savings of 1,941 kwh, and 167 mmbtu through weatherizing four of its residential homes.
As part of its core commitment to practice and teach an ethical relationship between humans and their environment, St. Paul’s has partnered with Unitil since 2008 to reduce energy use and costs.
Through Unitil’s Energy Efficiency programs St. Paul’s has replaced older, inefficient lighting with high-efficient fluorescents as well as updated HID and LED lighting where practical. The facilities staff is also continually replacing old inefficient windows as well as insulating and air sealing classroom and dormitory buildings. Occupancy controls have been installed in large areas across campus where only a portion of buildings are used at a particular time. The school’s central boiler now accommodates natural gas as well as heating oil. Also, upgraded equipment and additional control panels have been added to the school’s heating/ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC) system.
In 2011 four of the school’s residential homes were weatherized through another nhsaves program by installing the following measures: energy efficient lighting, air sealing and insulation to reduce energy use and costs.
“Environmental sustainability is a core value at St. Paul’s, and this is a school that practices what it preaches at every level,” Gary Miller, Senior Business Development Executive at Unitil said. “By striving to find the latest proven efficiency technologies and applications to enhance its facilities, St. Paul’s shows that a commitment to the environment can be cost-effective without sacrificing functionality or maintainability.
St. Paul’s School provides an excellent example of how energy efficient measures can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce its environmental impact.