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Conservation won't cover increased school energy costs

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Conservation won't cover increased school energy costs
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Like most residents in the area, the Hudson School District is beginning to see the impact of rising energy costs.

At last week's school board meeting, Jim Stejskal, the district's supervisor of facilities and grounds, reported that the price of natural gas had increased 47.5 percent per thermal unit over last year. "And there just aren't enough conservation measures to make up for that," said Stejskal.

But among the conservation measures the district is using are:


  • A program that allows for all but one of the district's schools to switch to oil during high demand periods, which results in significant savings.

  • Regular burner maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency.

  • Implementation of a comprehensive preventive maintenance program.

  • Roofing projects that have increased the insulation values at district facilities.

  • Sub-70 degree program to set most building thermostats at 69 degrees during occupancy.

    Stejskal said that electricity rates have not increased at the same rate as natural gas but will rise as well. Sixty percent of the district's electrical costs come from lighting. The district is in the process of converting each of its buildings to more efficient lighting systems. The system has already been installed at Rock School and in both gyms at Hudson High School and in the west hallways there.

    Stejskal said the same conservation measures and maintenance programs are applied to air conditioning systems districtwide.

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    Meg Heaton
    Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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