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Manteca Unified saves energy to save money
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Victoria Brunn and Kimberly Wright are serving as the Energy Education specialists for Manteca Unified.

They’re part of the comprehensive energy conservation and management program approved by the school board last June.

Energy Education is a national company whose energy conservation program is credited for saving more than $1.7 billion for public school district.

Brunn and Wright are teachers with Manteca Unified. They received training from Energy Education personnel to implement conservation procedures in all district facilities.

As Energy Education specialists, they’ll conduct energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable during class time and scheduled activities, with energy being used only as necessary.

“The district is initially expecting to save 10 percent in energy costs with additional dollars saved as the program is implemented,” Superintendent Jason Messer said.

Incidentally, the Energy Education specialists will be responsible for helping the entire district use energy wisely. This includes keeping classrooms comfortable, taking advantage of daylight, and practicing smart energy strategies.

The cost of the program is coming from the district’s existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program. Additional savings could possibly be redirected to other parts of the district’s budget, particularly during these tough financial times.

Brunn and Wright will be able to track energy consumption – including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil – using energy-accounting software.

The software compares current energy use to a baseline period, calculating the amount of energy that would have been used if conservation and management practices had otherwise not been implemented.

The Dallas-based Energy Education was named 2009 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, the company has worked with nearly 1,000 educational and ministerial organizations for the past 23 years.