Arkansas school district saves through retro-commissioning

A rebate check for $14,281 was made out to the Bauxite School District by utility Entergy Arkansas Inc., as part of a retro-commissioning HVAC project by Comfort Systems USA Energy Services Inc.

The Arkansas school district spent $155,000 on the work, which is expected to save the district $30,000 a year in utility costs. The district is expecting to receive an additional incentive of $21,000 once energy savings are verified.

Retro-commissioning involves boosting the performance of existing buildings and HVAC systems through enhancement or replacement.

“Our goal is to be good stewards of district resources,” said school district Superintendent Jerrod Williams. “Reducing energy consumption and expense increases available funding for students, teachers, and staff.  The utility incentives are icing on the cake as they help offset the expense of these efforts.”

Tim Staley, senior vice president of Comfort Systems, said retro-commissioning is a sure way for school districts to save money.

 “We focus on optimizing the performance of existing infrastructure and use the savings that are generated to help fund larger equipment replacements and upgrades,” he said.

Williams said the district will continue to find ways to save money.

“Energy efficiency will continue to be a proactive strategy for Bauxite Schools as we look to maximize every available dollar to continuous improvement in our educational environment,” he said. “We believe strategic partnerships with companies like Comfort Systems USA Energy Services and Entergy Arkansas will be key to achieving this goal.”