CNP presented the Houston-area Cypress-Fairbanks School District (CFISD) with an incentive check for more than $121,000 in January, as a result of the SCORE (Schools Conserving Resources) Program. The check rewards the school district’s efforts to incorporate energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling equipment into several facilities.
“We work with the energy manager of the district to see what projects the schools may have and provide them cost-benefit analysis to encourage them to put in more energy-efficient equipment,” said Cheryl Bowman, staff energy efficiency consultant, pictured with CFISD staff.
The efficient lighting design and high-efficiency chiller selection installed at three new CFISD schools and the replacement of less-efficient chillers during renovations of existing facilities will save more than 1.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, compared to standard equipment. This is equivalent to eliminating the annual gasoline emissions of about 184 passenger vehicles, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculations. “The incentives and technical guidance offered through the SCORE Program helped make these upgrades a reality,” said Glen Rhoden, CFISD energy manager. In 2009, CNP provided over $676,818 to more than 17 school districts and saved over 7.2 million in kWh of electricity.