School Districts: Want to Save Money? Read This.


If you are a School Superintendent or on a local school board you know the hassles of meeting your yearly budget.

Sometimes your budget is blown due to an unexpected energy cost, either a hot spring or extremely cold winter.

You want to keep the students warm of course but how do you balance their welfare and cost?

The U.S. Department of Energy says, “For existing schools, implementing energy-efficient operations and maintenance strategies can enable school districts to save as much as 20% in energy costs, extend the life of equipment, and improve the overall physical environment in their school facilities.”

The DOE says energy efficient planning has many positives. “Addressing O&M considerations at the start of a project can contribute greatly to improved working environments, higher productivity, and reduced energy and resource costs.” reports  Energy efficiency strategies and plans typically make a major assumption: that the electric power will be clean, stable and the voltages will be at the proper level.

You wouldn’t imagine that the quality of the incoming electric power (essentially voltage) can diminish or negate the benefits of energy efficiency programs or that improving power quality contributes to energy efficiency.

Many people assume that electricity is always delivered at the proper voltage. The local utility desires this to be the case but many factors are beyond their control. The standard for voltage levels, ANSI C84.1, says that the utility should deliver a voltage within ±5% of nominal. It then goes on to suggest that it is acceptable for the voltage at any piece of equipment to be 5% above or 10% below nominal voltage continuously and 6% above or 13% below for short durations. Not surprisingly, the term “short durations” goes undefined.

All of this means is that the complexity of the electrical delivery system is such that utilities have a limited capability to control voltage levels. It also means that the school, like any end user, is ultimately responsible for the voltage levels delivered to its facilities.

This is where a company like Texas based Range Industrial can make a difference.

Range Industrial has years of experience working with both consumer and Industrial clients to help them avoid electrical unexpected costs at the end of the month.

“From major box retailers to school campuses across Texas, we have the products to keep electrical delivery cost low and manageable” says CEO Mark Rudiger.

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Schools can benefit from the lessons learned in the past; poor power quality directly impacts the bottom line.

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