A Hinsdale High School District 86 administrator cast a second set of eyes on the district’s utility bills and reached a different conclusion than the company the district hired to reduce its energy costs.
Interim business manager Gary Yeggy reports the district incurred $588,600 in expenses related to implementing Cenergistic’s (formerly Energy Education) conservation program.
In the four-year period from May 2009 to April 2013, Yeggy said the district’s natural gas and electricity costs were reduced by about $395,900, compared with the base 12-month period of May 2008 to April 2009.
Yeggy said he purposely excluded last summer when the newly air-conditioned classrooms would have increased electricity use.
By Yeggy’s calculation, implementation of the energy-saving procedures cost the district a net of about $193,000.
Yeggy’s analysis did not include expenses and savings related to water and sewer costs, which the contract with Cenergistic also covered.
The bulk of the savings comes from less electricity use, which was achieved through new lighting and simply getting people to turn their computers off at night and accept temperature guidelines in the building, said Pat Hurley, Hinsdale Central’s director of building and grounds.
The expenses for the energy program included a monthly payment of $10,100 paid to Cenergistic for four years to cover launching the program, training district staff how to use the computer software and analyzing data. District 86 also paid $55,808 to two outside consultants; and $24,000 each paid to Hurley and Bob Adamik, head of buildings and grounds at Hinsdale South, for administering and monitoring the program.
Cenergistics Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Mike Gullatt said Monday the district saved $646,154 in utility costs as of July 2013, when compared with a base period of June 2008 to May 2009. When expenses are deducted, the program resulted in a net savings of $50,000 for the district as of the end of July, Gullatt said.
Cenergistics’ analysis is based on data the district provided, Gullatt said.
When asked why the same data could yield such different conclusions, Gullatt said, “It could be a misunderstanding of the data.”
If the data confirms District 86 lost money on the program, the School Board may pursue reimbursement from Cenergistic.
School Board member Ed Corcoran also said the district is paying higher rates for electricity and natural gas than are necessary. As chairman of the Facilities Committee, he and Yeggy will look into other purchasing agreements to find lower rates.