MOULTRIE — Teachers and staff in the Colquitt County Schools are leading the way for other school districts while achieving big savings with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits are earning the district national recognition.

Colquitt County Schools have achieved a 21 percent cost savings totaling $451,495 in 21 months since forming a strategic alliance with Energy Education, Inc., a national company, which presented the district with its Energy Pacesetter Award during the school board meeting Jan. 23.

“Reaching this level of savings at this stage of the program is a significant achievement. The Colquitt County Schools have done an excellent job,” said William S. Spears, CEO and founder of Energy Education, Inc.

Colquitt County School Superintendent Leonard McCoy said, “I deeply appreciate the leadership of Jack Faison and the support of the staff, particularly the custodians. This is a win-win alliance that positions our school system to achieve substantial savings with no capital expenditures.”

A key benefit of the Energy Education, Inc. program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program, as they have done for Colquitt County Schools. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the district’s budget.

As an integral part of the program, district Energy Educator manager Jack Faison tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer and natural gas — using energy-accounting software. He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not be implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

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