Tippecanoe School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

7460 - ENERGY CONSERVATION GUIDELINES

These guidelines supersede all previous instructions. It is essential that energy guidelines be observed in the operation of the cooling and heating equipment. The teachers will be responsible for implementing the guidelines during the time that they are present in the classroom. The principals will be held responsible for the total energy usage of their buildings. The principals will be provided information reflecting the energy consumption for their buildings monthly.

TO MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS, EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO MAINTAIN AN AVERAGE CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 75 AND 78 DEGREES DURING THE COOLING SEASON AND BETWEEN 68 AND 72 DEGREES DURING THE HEATING SEASON. EXCEPTIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL AND THE ENERGY MANAGER.

Specific areas of emphasis include:

 A.Every student and employee will be expected to contribute to energy conservation in our district. Every person will be expected to be an "energy saver" as well as an "energy consumer".

 B.All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off. All lights will be turned off when students and teachers leave school. Custodians will turn on lights only in the areas in which they are working.

 C.During the summertime, air conditioning will be used only in schools having summer school and in office areas. Air conditioning may be used in those schools that are involved in a team cleaning concept.

 D.The head custodian, at the direction of the principal at each school, will be responsible for a shutdown of unused areas of the facility when closed each evening. This effort must not compromise existing energy management systems and required security lighting.

PROCEDURE FOR OPERATING AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT

The following energy conservation procedures are to be observed in those buildings possessing air conditioning equipment. Buildings with windows, ceiling fans and individual classroom controls should:

 A.Maintain the air conditioning equipment to provide an indoor temperature of 75 degrees. Exceptions are to be approved by the energy manager. Temperature control should be achieved by the use of fans and window adjustments. The principals will be responsible for devising a system of notifying the teachers when the air conditioning may be turned on.

 B.There will be times when the outdoor temperature is such that the energy management system will not allow the cooling or the heating equipment to operate. It will be the teacher's responsibility to close all windows and doors when the heating or air conditioning system is operating.

 C.When the temperature is such that cooling is needed at the beginning of the school day, the start time for each campus's air conditioning equipment should be set as late as possible while still allowing time to cool the building to guideline temperature by the beginning of classes.

 D.Set the thermostat controls at 75-78 degrees when air conditioning is in operation.

 E.Close individual classroom doors when the air conditioning equipment is in operation unless approved by the energy manager.

 F.Refrain from turning lights on unless definitely needed. Remember lights not only consume electricity, but also give off heat which, in turn, places an additional load on the air conditioning equipment and thereby increases the use of electricity necessary to cool the room.

 G.The air conditioning equipment should be turned off in zones at the approximate time the students leave the area. It is anticipated that the temperature of the classroom will be maintained long enough to afford comfort for the period the teacher remains in the classroom after the students have left.

 H.Air conditioning will not be utilized in classrooms during the summer months unless the classrooms are being used for summer school. Air conditioning may be used in those areas that are involved in a team cleaning concept or where floor finishes are being applied. Air conditioning will be utilized to control humidity and mildew levels on an as needed basis.

 I.The principal, in coordination with the energy manager, will be expected to devise a plan for turning the air conditioning units on in phases to prevent overloading the system which occurs when all units are turned on at the same time.

 K.In all areas which have evaporative coolers such as shops, kitchens, and gymnasiums, the doors leading to halls which have air conditioned classrooms or dining areas should be kept closed as much as possible.

PROCEDURE FOR OPERATING HEATING EQUIPMENT

The following energy conservation guidelines are to be observed when operating heating equipment in school buildings:

 A.The thermostat controls shall be set to maintain average temperatures between 68-72 degrees. Individual space heaters are not to be used unless approved by the energy manager.

 B.Individual classroom doors will be closed when the heating equipment is in operation unless approved by the energy manager.

 C.In buildings with central controls, the start time for the heating equipment should be set as late as possible while still allowing time to heat the building to guideline temperature by the beginning of classes. In those buildings with individual classroom controls which the custodian can access, the custodian will be responsible for checking the setting of the thermostat controls at the beginning of the day.

 D.In buildings with central controls, the principal or his/her designee will be responsible for the setting of the thermostat at 60 degrees at the end of each day.

 E.The principal will ensure that the custodial staff performs an end of day shutdown checklist on Monday through Thursday and a weekend shutdown check-list on Friday to make certain that the building is closed or shutdown in an energy efficient manner.

 F.If it is found on extremely cold nights that 60 degrees is not sufficient to heat the building so that it is comfortable when students arrive in the morning, take the following action:

  1.Set the night time temperature setting at the day setting.

  2.Notify the office of the Energy Manager immediately.

PROCEDURE FOR OPERATING LIGHTING AND MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT

 A.Lights in classrooms should not be turned on unless definitely needed. Teachers should make certain that lights are turned off when leaving the classroom.

 B.LIGHTS IN ALL GYMNASIUMS SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ON UNLESS THE GYM IS BEING UTILIZED.

 C.ALL OUTSIDE LIGHTS SHOULD BE TURNED OFF DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. OUTDOOR ATHLETIC LIGHTS SHOULD BE TURNED OFF EXCEPT DURING CONTESTS OR PRACTICES.

 D.WHEN IN THE BUILDING IN NON-SCHOOL HOURS, CUSTODIANS SHOULD TURN LIGHTS ON ONLY IN THE SPECIFIC AREA IN WHICH THEY ARE WORKING.

 E.The exhaust fans in the restrooms shall be turned off at the end of the day.

 F.Copy machines, laminating equipment, and other office machines should be turned off by the office staff after each day.

 G.All classroom computers (except for any network servers that must be left on) should be turned off each day at the end of the last class.