Energy Management

Department Contact:

DANNY HELM

Manager

  (682) 867-7655
  Email Danny

Overview

The single most expensive commodity purchased by the AISD is energy. It is our goal, in fact our charge, to consume energy as efficiently as is possible without creating a negative impact on the learning environment.  We as a district can only succeed by involving all of the students, faculty, staff, and administration in our energy conservation efforts.

The Plant Services department is responsible for developing and implementing guidelines to manage our consumption of electricity, natural gas and water. A major tool is the  computerized Energy Management System (EMS). This system permits us to monitor and control the air conditioning systems in the majority of the district's facilities.

It is not our intent to adversely affect the indoor environment or personal health of our customers.   Use all the energy you need, but do not waste it.  Remember, no reduction in energy use is too small to capture, so please when possible, turn off lights; close exterior doors and windows; turn off computers, printers, and office equipment when they are not needed; and report water leaks and dripping faucets to the Plant Services Department.

If you have any questions or ideas at any time, please contact the Energy Manager.

After-Hours Heating and Cooling Requests

The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are scheduled to operate in the schools on all regular school days, and in the administrative offices on all regular business days.  These systems normally operate approximately one hour before and one-half hour after occupied times. 

Requests for HVAC operation for all after-hour, weekend, or holiday events must be submitted via FS Direct for review a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled event.

If appropriate, a completed Rental Agreement must be on file prior to the scheduling of the HVAC systems for after-hour events.

Please note, the HVAC systems are scheduled off, except in extreme ambient conditions, on all weekends and holidays unless prior arrangements have been completed.

Announcements

This year’s Energy Management Awards Ceremony was held May 17th, 2017 at 5:30p.m. at the Professional Development Center. The ceremony was held to honor our Energy Committee Members and their amazing achievements throughout the year. Their participation in this year’s competition, which ran October 1st thru March 30th, was simply amazing. A major factor in controlling electrical consumption is human behavior and these wonderful people help reinforce, encourage and promote habits that will continue to lower and maintain our current usage helping to continue our savings into the future.

Our representatives went out of his/her way this year to have energy saving activities. One school used T-Shirts to remind students and staff to save energy. Another used LED lanterns to read by. Many committee members did energy audits in their buildings to remind the staff to “Turn-it-off”. Several representatives took time out of their busy schedules to send out school wide e-mails reminding staff that there was a break coming up and to please turn off all non-essential devices.

Enough cannot be said about the difference these people make and the recognition and appreciation they deserve. Everyone did fantastic this year and we hope to have just as much, if not more, participation and fun activities for next year. This year’s top six winners of the Energy Management Competition (1 auxiliary building, 1 high school, 1 junior high and 3 elementary schools) were:

  • Administration – Cecilia Ivey – Tony Drollinger
  • Seguin High School – Kelly Limer - Sam Nix
  • Gunn Point Junior High – Sarah Skeen - Juan Villarreal
  • Knox Elementary – Leslie A. Valentincic - Rose A. Ravin
  • Beckham Elementary – Cindy Snodgrass - Susan Mitchell
  • OVERALL WINNER: Roark Elementary – Rachel J. Coffee - Anna Anderson

Thank you to all our representatives for taking the time to be part of the Energy Committee and work towards making a difference!

Contacts

  Name Role Email Telephone
  Danny Helm Energy Manager dhelm@aisd.net 682-867-7655
  Energy Ideas Submit ideas, questions, or savings opportunities here energysavers@aisd.net  
  Shauna DiBella Energy Management Clerk / Scheduling Inquiries sdibella@aisd.net 682-867-7646
  Tricia Alford Energy Specialist talford@aisd.net 682-867-7601