Lockport Township High School East Campus
1333 E. Seventh Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Here at Lockport Township High School we take great pride in our facilities. We strive to provide the community with a clean, safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to learning. The Board of Education also believes that it has a responsibility to our community to operate our building as safely and as efficiently as possible. In October of 1999, the Board of Education at LTHS directed the maintenance department to investigate ways to control energy costs. Making a commitment is the first step in a successful energy conservation plan (ECP). That's when we decided that we would create a comprehensive ECP that would encompass both our electric use and natural gas use.
We started our ECP by performing an energy audit throughout our 489,000 sq. ft. East Campus. After we compiled all the information, it was relatively easy to see where and when we were using most of our power. We educated ourselves on electric rates and tariffs, gaining a better understanding of our specific rate. Once we understood where we were using most of our power and how we were getting charged for it, we formulated a plan on how to reduce our costs. Since the building is equipped with real-time energy meters, we were able to make adjustments to the way we operate in real-time and see the results immediately. We made simple operational changes that we thought would make an immediate impact. We initially focused on reducing our demand cost. Our load profile was very irregular and inefficient from a cost point of view. Once we learned how to manage our load and smooth out the spikes, the savings became readily apparent and achievable. Right from the start, we emphasized that this is a long-term commitment. Our goal from the inception of the program is to improve our operating efficiency in some meaningful way every year. Almost five-years later we are still excited about our program and we are constantly fine-tuning and testing our system and making minor operational changes.
Even though LTHS had an energy tracker hooked up to two electric meters, we did not have a building automation system. Our School Board gave us approval to investigate ways to take the next step to improve our ECP. After a year of rigorous investigation, our maintenance department decided to purchase a Lonworks open protocol building automation system (BAS). This means we are not tied to one contractor or manufacturer for the life of our system. The installation of our BAS is being done in phases. We are currently working on phase four. Technical Solutions & Services Inc. was the chosen contractor to engineer and install our system. They did a wonderful job in customizing our system to our needs and requirements. TSS has gone the extra mile for us and we are extremely pleased with their level of professionalism and expertise.
During the last four-plus years, we have accomplished our goals and are very proud of our program. Since the inception of our program, LTHS East Campus has reduced its electrical usage from 5.5 million kWhs in 1998, our benchmark year, to less than 4.5 million kWhs in 2003. That's nearly a twenty percent reduction in kWh and an $80,100 dollar reduction in electrical energy cost for one year. Since the start of the program we have saved $229,352.40 and lowered our energy use by over three million kWhs. We accomplished this even though the building has more equipment, computers, students and faculty members than it did in 1998. We also have a Community Wellness Center which opens at 5:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm daily. This is a busy place, to say the least.
Two years ago we decided to start phase two of our plan and start an energy conservation program that included natural gas. I won't go into great details of this program, but needless to say, we lowered our therm use per heating degree day by almost 23 percent. We have also reduced our natural gas use by over 78,000 therms since the inception of our program. This winter we are having even better results. The total savings since the start of the program is more than $47,000. The price of natural gas for the last few years has been historically high in comparison to the last 30 years. This fact alone makes a comprehensive energy conservation program that includes natural gas even more important today than ever before.
John Posego and Bill Froemling are the two maintenance employees who spearheaded this project. They were the two guys on the front lines implementing and monitoring our ECP. Today, we track our water, natural gas and electric use daily. In the winter months we calculate our natural gas efficiency daily. Operational improvements and procedures are in place and we should reap the benefits from our program for years to come. We apply this same vigor and cost control to every facility and operation decision we make here at LTHS. While there is always room for improvement, we believe we have set up a firm foundation and structure that we can incorporate in every facility decision we make for years to come.
ENERGY DATA AND CALCULATIONS EAST CAMPUS
Year Total kWh Usage Timeline of Events
1998 5,528,284 kWh Year Before ECP
1999 5,276,491 kWh Program Started in October
2000 5,111,962 kWh First Full Year of Program
2001 4,872,097 kWh First Year Using BAS
2002 4,862,552 kWh Third Year of Program
2003 4,460,286 kWh Boiler, Univents all Automated
Year kWh's Reduced per Year $ Savings per Year
1999 251,793 $18,884.40
2000 416,322 $31,224.15
2001 656,187 $49,214.02
2002 665,732 $49,929.90
2003* 1,067,998 $80,099.85
3,058,032 kWh's Reduction $229,352.40
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Lockport Township High School District 205 or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Technical Solutions & Services Inc.
Lockport Township High School District 205
Lockport Township High School District 205
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Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 489000 sf
Year Constructed: 1963
Contract Type: None