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Conducting a school energy audit is the first step to help our clients reduce annual energy costs and secure financial incentives and tax credits. In March of 2011, RHT contracted with Oregon Department of Energy to audit 38 schools in Eugene, Oregon for the Governor’s School Energy Audit Initiative. These schools included twenty elementary schools, eight middle schools, four high schools, three specialty schools, and three administrative buildings. The intent of these audits was to identify prescriptive measures that could be implemented to achieve energy savings, lower operations and maintenance costs, and improve student performance. RHT’s audits resulted in identifying 488 energy efficiency measures for the school district to consider, combined which would save nearly $350,000 annually in avoided energy costs. These measures included retrofits of interior and exterior lighting, HVAC (including heat pumps, boilers, chillers, unit ventilators, gas-fired furnaces, convectors, radiators and others), kitchen equipment, office equipment, classroom equipment, hot water, water control, insulation, windows, air sealing, as well as energy management system upgrades. All of the audit findings were summarized in a report to the Governor.

Schools Audited in Eugene, Oregon:

  • Adams Elementary School
  • Awbrey Park Elementary School
  • Baily Hill Elementary School
  • Cal Young Middle School/Family School
  • Camas Ridge Community Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School
  • Coburg Elementary School
  • Corridor/Yujin Gakuen Elementary
  • Crest Drive Elementary School
  • Dunn Opportunity Center
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Edison Elementary School
  • Fox Hollow French Immersion School
  • Gilham Elementary School
  • Holt Elementary School
  • Howard Elementary School
  • James Monroe Middle School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • John F Kennedy Middle School
  • Kelly Middle School
  • Madison Middle School
  • Mc Cornack Elementary School
  • Meadowlark Elementary School
  • North Eugene High School
  • Other – Education Center/Admin
  • Other – Facilities Building
  • Other – Transportation Building
  • Parker Elementary School
  • Pathfinder School
  • River Road Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • Sheldon High School
  • South Eugene High School
  • Spencer Butte Middle School
  • Spring Creek Elementary School
  • Twin Oaks Elementary School
  • Willagillespie Elementary School
  • Winston Churchill High School

In addition to the above, RHT was responsible for identifying energy efficiency measures that were incorporated into the new South Medford High School, resulting in saving the school 622,843 kWh annually.

RHT also performed site evaluations on six schools for the Klamath Falls School District that focused on lighting and possible boiler tune-ups (per school district request).

RHT takes great pride in assisting schools in maximizing their energy efficiency.  Saving energy results in more funds being available for the schools to spend on important educational programs and on other ways to further enhance the learning environment.