Leander ISD annual energy savings result in lower costs for district


Between April 2017 and March 2018, Leander ISD saved around $3.73 million in energy costs districtwide.

LISD anticipated $10.39 million in energy costs during that time frame, but actual costs were around $6.66 million, according to district documents.

“It’s [the result of]an energy team all the way across the school district, with the teachers and staff, administration,” LISD Energy Manager Mike Conkle said at a school board meeting July 19.

Since the start of the district’s current energy program in 2001, LISD has saved approximately $39.73 million in energy costs, according to meeting documents.

The 17 years of the energy program resulted in saving 1,340,651 Million British Thermal Units of energy, which equate to stopping 191,873 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 39,973 cars being taken off the roads a year or planting around 4.92 million trees, according to the documents.

Comparing 23 school districts, the Benchmark 4 Excellence Maintenance and Operations study ranked LISD as consuming the second-lowest amount of energy per square foot, district documents state.

All of LISD’s campuses qualify for the Energy Star rating as well, Conkle said.

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  1. The district neglected to highlight they collect $50 for every refrigerator in every classroom EVERY YEAR. It doesn’t matter that most personal refrigerators have an Energy Star rating that uses approximately $15 per year. Or that the fee the district collects is not tracked back to actually paying for the electricity they say the refrigerators use. As explained to me by Michael Conkle, “a personal refrigerator in a classroom is a luxury” for the teacher. No, Mr. Conkle, a refrigerator in the room is a necessity, especially for teachers who are located in an upstairs classroom away from any other refrigeration source. It means the difference between eating lunch or having a cold bottle of water from 7:00 – 3:00 (elementary hours). Walk a week in our shoes to understand what you are asking of teachers.

Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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