The Honeywell Energy Performance Contracting Project done at schools across Danbury is showing cost savings, but the City Council wants the numbers.
Right now the schools have one public utilities account, but dividing natural gas and utility counts will be in the Board of Education's budget next year. Honeywell does an analysis for the Board of Education and Finance Director Joe Martino says a breakdown of all the schools boiler replacement energy cost savings will be done.
The original $4-million of work proposed in 2010 included boilers for Danbury High School, Broadview Middle, Stadley Rough, King Street Intermediate and Primary along with Mill Ridge Primary schools. The following year another $7-million in work was approved to include steam trap replacements at Park Avenue School, more boiler replacements at Mill Ridge Intermediate, new windows at the High School and asbestos abatement.
Martino says the cost savings, particularly at the High School, is significant because of the conversion from oil to natural gas.
He hopes to break down the numbers by degree days. He notes this brutal winter means just looking at the utility bills for actual usage, it won't be an apples to apples comparison.