Five Hardin County Schools facilities have earned “Energy Star Certification” status from Harshaw Trane. Harshaw Trane is a company that provides building automated controls that give businesses, industries and schools the ability to monitor energy management.
Energy Star schools are buildings that have cut energy usage by no less than 35% as compared to other similar facilities. The consumption of less energy means more dollars are returned to the district, there is an increase in savings from operations and maintenance costs, there is a reduced reliability risk and there are lower emissions.
Those schools are:
- Cecilia Valley Elementary School
- Creekside Elementary School
- GC Burkhead Elementary School
- Meadowview Elementary School
- Vine Grove Elementary School
These awards are based on data from the 2019-20 school year. The HCS Early College and Career Center and North Park Elementary School earned the “Reducing the Energy Intensity of the World Award” from Trane. This award is earned by facilities that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
Bluegrass Middle School, North Hardin High School and Rineyville Elementary School are on track to earn Energy Star status soon.
HCS Energy Manager Kyle Lucas gives a great deal of credit to the “Green Teams” at each school. Green Teams are composed of students who suggest more efficient uses of energy.
“The Green Team students at our schools work hard to ensure the best energy practices,” Lucas said. “They travel from classroom to classroom monitoring various uses of energy and suggest changes to conserve it. Our staff is also a wonderful steward of our resources. They are very conscientious about turning off computers, lights and various other equipment when they are not in use.
“Trane’s partnership is extremely valuable to our energy conservation mission. They have helped us monitor our HVAC usage more closely and give us more opportunities to cut costs.”
Lucas and Trane have recently completed projects that will equal nearly $40,000 in projected yearly savings.