Energy Management Department
'Meeting the needs for the present world, without sacrificing the world for those in the future.'
Bullitt County Public Schools is proud to be named an ENERGY STAR LEADER and ENERGY STAR Top Performer for 2013. In April 2016, BCPS was also recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. Read more about it on the EPA ENERGY STAR web site: BCPS ENERGY STAR LEADER
- BCPS began the energy conservation program in November 2006 with KEEPS (Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools)
- Hired an energy manager, created an energy plan, promoted energy conservation, and made low cost/no-cost changes to reduce energy use
- 2008 Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to address capital lighting, HVAC needs and a centralized building automation system.
- 2018 Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to address LED lighting and additional HVAC needs
Since the inception of the BCPS energy program, and as of the 2019/2020 school year - the district has saved approximately $8,776,895
Please see the links to the right for each yearly energy report.
Why Energy Management?
Bullitt County Public Schools' energy management program consists of monitoring monthly utility usage and identifying areas where the district can reduce energy consumption or upgrade to more efficient equipment. The reduction in energy usage means cost savings opportunities for the district. Those funds can then be used where it is needed most...our schools! Saving energy also means reducing pollution and helping our environment. Generating just one kilowatt-hour (kWh) produces 1.6 pounds of CO2, which is emitted into the atmosphere.
Bullitt County Public Schools has avoided over $8 million in energy costs since the program began! Utility bills are an expense that can be controlled, but it takes everyone's help. Remember that every dollar saved is a dollar that can be used for education.
How can you help?
We can all help BCPS save energy. The district has invested money in energy efficient equipment, building upgrades, and new construction. But YOU can make a huge impact in your everyday actions. Here are some simple actions you can take to save energy in your school building and at home:
- Turn off lights when not in use (even if you're just leaving the room for 20 or 30 minutes)
- Turn off electronic equipment when not in use for long periods of time (computers, monitors, copy machines, printers)
- Turn off and unplug personal appliances (desk lamps, coffee machines, fans, space heaters) when not in use
- Replace incandescent bulbs in floor lamps and task lighting with LEDs
- Keep windows and doors closed when the HVAC system is running
- Do not block the air flow to HVAC vents
- In the winter, open shades and blinds during daylight hours. In the summer, close shades and blinds during daylight hours in areas that receive direct sunlight
- Report any water leaks, HVAC problems, or other issues to the appropriate person. You're in your building and room every day - by reporting an issue early on - you will save energy and can prevent larger, more expensive problems
Want to see how your school building rates? Log-in to the BCPS Energy Dashboard below. Here you will find:
Where our buildings rank using Energy Star’s national energy performance rating for K-12 buildings:
- Buildings with a score of 75 or higher earn an Energy Star rating – which means we are performing 75% or better when compared to other K-12 school buildings
Click on an individual school to find out specific information on that building:
- Weather information
- Building energy use (electricity and natural gas) and CO2 emissions
- Energy use targets for the school, and how well that school has been meeting those targets