County reports major savings in energy

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 10/31/17

The energy conservation project for Bradley County Schools has been completed, and it appears to be paying off in a major way.

The project was discussed during the Bradley County …

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County reports major savings in energy

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The energy conservation project for Bradley County Schools has been completed, and it appears to be paying off in a major way.

The project was discussed during the Bradley County Commission’s Education Committee meeting Monday afternoon.

School Energy Coordinator and Commissioner Johnny Mull reported the $16.2 million project is now finished, and included new and upgraded HVAC systems and window replacements.

“We have already gotten a lot of comments about how nice the new windows look,” Mull said. “And, the teachers had always felt a draft before. They don’t feel that anymore, which means you are not going to use as much heating or cooling.”

He said air quality is also being monitored as a way of “doing what we can to ensure the quality of the air the kids breathe.”

“We want them to have a healthy situation that does not affect learning,” Mull said.

Dr. Linda Cash said the comfort level inside all of the school buildings, now that the energy reforms are done, “is like night and day.”

Mull said the best comparison this early in is to look at the August utility bills for this year and last at Bradley Central High School.

“In August 2016, Bradley Central cost $34,000 in utilities,” Mull said. “This August, it was $18,000. That’s just an example.”

Mull said he feels the numbers are on track to hold that type of savings systemwide, which will help pay the lease-purchase package.

Cash also reported brick work has begun on the outside of the new Lake Forest Middle School.

“The goal is to be under roof by the end of November, so that everything moves inside as winter starts,” Cash said. “Every time I go out there, they are moving and shaking,” in the construction progress.

She said that everything has been chosen for the interior, including colors and flooring.

“We are now in the process of ordering lockers and looking at computers,” Cash said. “I’m excited about it.”

Commissioner Jeff Yarber praised the Lake Forest staff with their successful traffic flow program, which has been utilized during the construction process.

“They have done an exemplary job, in my opinion,” Yarber said. “I go out there every day to pick up and drop off my daughter. They have done a great job.”

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