Energy Education Program

The Mission of the Energy Education Program is to provide substantial savings on energy costs to the Spackenkill district, resulting in more funds for educational purposes and a positive environmental impact.

Welcome to the Energy Education Program webpage.  Please take some time to explore what the Spackenkill District is doing to reduce energy consumption. Working together, we can make a difference. Chris Hamel on an audit

Energy Manager Chris Hamel conducts an audit of Todd Middle School in October 2012. If every computer monitor is turned off when not in use, it can reap substantial savings for the district. View a gallery of photos of Mr. Hamel conducting an audit.

Total Cost Avoidance

November 2011 - March 2014

24% or $348,616  (29 months into program)

17,753 MMBTUs Energy Reduction

Energy Reduction Equivalents Improving Hudson Valley Air Quality:

Metric Tons of CO2 (Greenhouse Gas)


Passenger Cars Not Driven for 1 Year


Tree Seedlings Planted, Grown for 10 years


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History of the Program

During the spring of 2011, the Spackenkill Union Free School District partnered with Cenergistic (formerly Energy Education Inc.)  to reduce unnecessary energy costs by at least 20 to 30 percent. We have several goals:

 1) Eliminate unnecessary energy consumption so we can spend taxpayer money on teaching and learning rather than utilities.

 2) Be part of the environmental quality solution in the Hudson Valley.

Conserving energy is the most painless way to absorb the impact of budget cuts! Click here to view our return on investment projections and the costs of our energy program.

View Board Meeting Presentations

May 2014

April 2013

October 2012

April 2012

April 2011

 How It Works

Energy Manager Chris Hamel began his training in August 2011, conducting daily building audits and preparing a database of historical energy consumption for the district to faciliate analysis.The program’s focus is to create a customized conservation plan for each building, followed by continuous audits and refinements for maximum efficiency. Energy savings are guaranteed to more than pay for this self-funding program. Energy costs include electricity, water, sewer, and gas.

The program does not compromise teaching and learning or safety.Teachers, custodians, principals, and maintenance crews all play a crtical role in the sucess of our program.

Energy Reduction Measures: "If It Glows, It Goes"

Savings are realized in two ways: through changing human behavior, such as turning off lights and computer monitors when not in use, and by making changes in system facilities management, such as reduction in equipment run times. The backbone of the energy conservation program is a thorough nightly, weekend, and holiday "setback," which involves turning down the heat when a building is unoccupied. Summer break shutdown involves reducing lights in parking lots when school is not in session, centralizing all refrigerated food at one distribution point, and unplugging equipment in classrooms.

Program Savings Summary

By the end of year one, reduction in consumption is more than 21%. As a result, net dollars available to the district amount to $46,000. By the end of year five, the year-over-year reduction in consumption is expected to be in excess of 27 percent. That means a total net dollar savings of $376,000. By the end of year ten, the year-over-year reduction in consumption is projected to be in excess of 32 percent. Total net dollars saved will be $1 million. SUFSD will receive free support from Cenergistic after the contractual term expires.



Spackenkill Schools Honored with Cenergistic Energy AwardCenergistic Award

At its September 9 Board of Education meeting, the Spackenkill Union Free School District was presented with the Cenergistic Award for Energy Stewardship to recognize the

district-wide effort to implement an innovative organizational behavior-based energy conservation and management program. During the past 17 months, Spackenkill conserved energy equal to 618 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions or the equivalent of removing 115 cars from the road.

Spackenkill’s energy education manager, Chris Hamel, received intensive training and guidance from Cenergistic to implement energy conservation procedures throughout the school system facilities. His work included energy audits and educating staff and students to practice smart energy strategies.