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Energy Program Update - November 2022
  • Our Program Savings: $3,332,658
  • Percent Savings: $34.3%
  • Cumulative Solar Credit: $102,588
  • Total Savings: $3,305,311

These savings equate to:

  • Passenger cars not drive for 1 year: 522
  • Tree Seedings grown for 10 years: 64,249
  • Equivalent metric tons of CO2: 2,506

Conservation Mission

Our conservation program is based on taking comprehensive action to save energy and resources. Our efforts are coupled with Cenergistic's successful track record of assisting educational organizations across the nation to save substantial educational dollars by thoroughly implementing hundreds of energy-saving strategies. In order to achieve the greatest savings possible, every room in every building, and every staff person has to be part of the energy conservation program. Combined energy-saving efforts by everyone will ensure that:

  • Students and staff members benefit from better educational opportunities
  • Teachers and administrators have a bigger percentage of the budget to work with
  • Taxpayers' dollars are spent more effectively, and
  • The environment is helped by lower consumption of natural resources and decreased pollution

What is the Role of the Energy Specialist?

The Energy Specialist, or ES, is the “ face” of our energy conservation program. The ES ensures the overall implementation of the energy management program and promotes it within the organization. The person in this position is responsible for developing and monitoring the organization’s energy management program under the approved Policy & Guidelines, for the purpose of reducing utility consumption. 
It is the responsibility of the ES to establish the accountability of the energy management program at all levels of the organization and to make regular energy audits of all buildings. The ES meets regularly with, and takes direction from consultants from Cenergistic.


In October 2011, Mountain View School District joined forces with Cenergistic to eliminate energy waste on our campuses and create a culture of conservation at all of our school sites. The energy used to heat and power a campus is usually one of the most significant line items on our annual budget. According to Energy Star, the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes. The MVSD Energy Conservation Program collaborates with faculty, staff, and students in all departments across campuses to turn energy waste into energy savings. 

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Home Savings Links

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use -- TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products.


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Report Water Leaks


If you notice water runoff, standing water, or an irrigation leak on our fields, please email us. Include the school site and date of observation. Your help is greatly appreciated!

 Half of the Earth with "Energy" written on top of the Earth.

Energy Star Ratings

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. All MVSD schools sites and the District Office have earned an Energy Star rating. 

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Did You Know?

Renewable energy sources including biomass, hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar provide 9% of the energy used in the United States. Most renewable energy goes to producing electricity.

About 91% of the energy consumed in the United States comes from non-renewable energy sources, which include uranium ore and the fossil fuels — coal, natural gas, and petroleum.

The energy sources we use to make electricity can be renewable or non-renewable, but electricity itself is neither renewable nor non-renewable.

Like electricity, hydrogen is a secondary source of energy. It stores and carries energy produced from other resources (fossil fuels, water, and biomass).

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Sheri Henningsen, Energy Specialist


2022 Board Update