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Posted May 24, 2017

Summer Energy & Water Savings Opportunities

Help save more than a half million dollars!

APS Holiday Energy Savings

APS can save $534,000 this summer break when schools implement the district’s Energy Conservation Summer Shutdown procedures.

Principals, teachers, and custodian support is essential for this summer’s conservation measures to be effective. What you do really does matter!

Shutting down during holidays throughout the year can yield $1.3 million in savings.

Occupied Schools

  • Limit the use of your buildings to the areas only needed for programs.
  • Once annual cleaning is completed in the unused areas of the school, shut down/turn off lights and air conditioners.

Unoccupied Schools

  • Limit the use of the buildings to the office area and areas scheduled for cleaning.
  • Once cleaning is completed, shut down/turn off lights and air conditioners.
  • Time clocks must be in unoccupied mode until July 2. Air conditioners can be turned by using twist times ONLY for a designated period of time.

APS 2017 Summer Water and Energy Shutdown Checklist                                               

  • Ensure that all windows and doors to the outside are closed, locked and blinds closed.   
  • Identify HVAC time clocks to be able to override when needed.   
  • Check thermostat set point: minimum cooling level, 74 degrees.    
  • Turn off all interior lights in unoccupied areas.    
  • Check computer labs and turn off and unplug computers and monitors.
  • Check with school computer tech for further instructions.
  • Shut down (no green lights) classroom computer monitors, printers, document cameras, Promethean Boards, etc. Exception: This does not apply to LAN Servers and copiers.
  • Do not turn off Xerox copiers and printers.    
  • Unplug other unnecessary equipment.    
  • Where possible, unplug drinking fountains.   
  • Unplug refrigerators (clean and empty before leaving to avoid health hazards).    
  • Check for water leaks and create a work order through School Dude to repair water fixtures.
  • Restrict the use of interior lighting and cooling to areas being worked in or officially occupied.
  • Organize and plan summer building deep cleaning and phased waxing.
  • Provide a school map indicating cleaning schedule to the APS Energy Center.

Questions? Contact Robert Lazar at the APS Energy Center (505) 842-3525

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