NWF State College Energy Savings: Chalk up a million for good behavior

Faculty and staff at Northwest Florida State College have chalked up over two million dollars’ worth of good behavior. Their energy-efficient practices have earned significant savings — and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition.

NWF State College has achieved $2,650,111 in cost savings in 38 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which presented its Energy Excellence Award during the September 19th board meeting.

“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. NWF State College has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation and maintaining productive efforts at all levels of the organization. The President and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Cenergistic.NWFBoardCenergistic

“Strong support from Dr. Stephenson and the board has created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said. “I am extremely pleased to present NWF State College with our Energy Excellence Award. The college joins a very committed group of organizations across the country working hard to achieve energy savings so the dollars saved can be redirected to educational needs,” said Dr. Spears.

“This entrepreneurial approach to energy savings comes as the result of effective collaboration, planning, adoption, and follow-through,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President. “NWF State College has passionately embraced this innovation, and even in challenging economic times, we have realized significant savings.”

A key benefit of the Cenergistic program is that all costs come out of the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program, as they have done for NWF State College. Additional savings can be redirected to other parts of the budget. Many organizations credit the program with helping keep personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts — a very genuine concern with today’s school funding crisis.

According to Truman Atkins, Regional President, Cenergistic, NWF State College has saved 100% more than the company initially projected to date. While most higher education institutions average annual savings between 22-23%, NWF State College’s overall savings to date are 32.5%.

As part of the program, NWF State College Energy Specialist Daniel Fife tracks energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using an energy-accounting software. He compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, he can quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

Photo caption, left to right: Truman Atkins, Cenergistic; Craig Barker, NWF Trustee; Major General (Ret.) Robert Chedister, NWF Trustee; Brian Pennington; NWF Trustee; Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWF President; Dan Fife, Cenergistic NWF Energy Specialist; Shane Abbott, NWF Trustee; and Jeff Floyd, NWF Trustee.