With 20 school buildings and nearly 16,000 students, the Dublin City School District is a significant energy consumer in central Ohio. Savings matter to AEP Ohio, and they have made a difference for the school system and the taxpayers it serves.
When the district had the opportunity to participate in AEP Ohio’s Business Incentives Program, it earned a leading role for more efficient energy use. “It takes a lot of planning, people and communication to pull all of this off,” said Jeffery Krouse, HVAC/maintenance supervisor for Dublin City Schools.
The district’s staff worked with AEP Ohio to replace inefficient lights and steam boilers, as well as installing new controls for lighting, HVAC and vending. Upgrades also included motors and pumps, as well as variable frequency drives. They also adopted a district-wide energy management system.
The latest savings can be seen at two of the district’s cultural arts centers with lighting retrofits. Dimmable LED lighting has taken over for outdated quartz and high-pressure sodium house lights.
“And we’re not done. We’re always on the lookout for more ways to save energy,” said Krouse.