The Beavercreek City School District in Ohio was awarded a $492,051 rebate in March for its energy-efficient construction methods and materials, which are features that are also expected to save the district $150,000 annually.
The Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) presented the rebate – its largest yet – to reward the district for incorporating energy-efficient design elements in the construction of two new schools.
Among the methods used was daylight harvesting. Specifically, the district installed high windows to allow the more daylight to fill the classrooms, reducing the building’s dependency on artificial light and cooling and minimizing its electrical demands.
Other methods include a geothermal heating and cooling system, insulated concrete form walls, sloped ceilings, solar tubes, triple-glazed windowpanes and occupancy sensors and lighting controls.
The new construction rebate falls under DP&L’s business and government rebate program. Since this program started in April 2009, 282 rebates have been paid to public and private k-12 schools, totaling almost $2 million, according to DP&L.
The district also received $86,768 in rebates for lighting and HVAC upgrades made in eight of the district’s facilities. The total rebate awarded was for $578,820.