Lower Cape May Regional School District in New Jersey announced an energy savings improvement program with New Jersey-based Honeywell. The program features a mix of conservation measures and equipment upgrades at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, Richard M. Teitelman Middle School and ancillary district buildings.
The program is expected to reduce the district’s annual energy and operating costs by about $3.5 million over a 15-year period, representing a 37 percent reduction in utility costs. As part of the Board of Education’s agreement with Honeywell, the savings, which the company can guarantee, should offset the project costs with no infusion of capital funds or increased tax burden.
This is the second energy savings program the board has undertaken in the past five years. The solar farm adjacent to the district’s property presently supplies more than 65 percent of Lower Cape May Regional High School’s electricity.
Upgrades to the schools and district facilities include: new LED-powered indoor and outdoor lighting, insulation, occupancy sensors and machine controls to help manage electricity use, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and a building management system that will integrate the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems for precise, efficient control.
Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete by November.