The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 1:00 am

EACS energy upgrades net I&M rebate

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The new lighting and the heating and cooling system upgrades at the recently renovated New Haven Junior-Senior High School aren't just providing students with bright, comfortable classrooms.

The energy-saving measures led to East Allen County Schools Superintendent Marilyn Hissong accepting a $60,000 energy-efficiency rebate check from Indiana Michigan Power on Tuesday.

Hissong said the partnership with the utility demonstrates how the district works to control costs and energy use.

“In addition, the difference that such energy efficiencies make can serve as real-world examples of lessons students learn within this building in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” Hissong said in a statement.

The school has LED light fixtures, which use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights and last longer than fluorescent lights and incandescent bulbs, according to a news release. The lights also turn off when no movement is detected after a specific time period.

The digital control system for the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning continuously monitors temperatures in the building and automatically adjusts the heating and cooling levels, the release said.

The measures are expected to reduce the school's energy use by more than 1 million kilowatt-hours annually, the release said. This is the equivalent of powering more than 80 typical homes for a year, the release added.

Toby Thomas, I&M president and chief operating officer, said the company is happy to work with EACS, which in recent years has used I&M energy efficiency programs on 24 projects districtwide. Those efforts have saved nearly 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy and provided the district with more than $90,000 in incentive dollars, the release said.

“The New Haven High School project helps the school system reduce its environmental footprint while reducing energy costs,” Thomas said in a statement.

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