How Encycle increased efficiency at a large, multi-building High School in Newport Beach resulting in a monthly consumption reduction of 28% and significant savings the school was able to reinvest in the students.
Newport Beach’s Sage Hill School is a progressive-thinking institution. Originally founded in 2000, there is to challenge and inspire students by providing unparalleled preparation for college and the real world. Its 30-acre campus includes academic buildings, a library, a gymnasium, a 30,000 square foot arts facility, a new state-of-the-art Science Center, and various outdoor athletic fields. At Sage, students engage in community service and environmental stewardship programs. With this being a key tenant of the school’s overall spirit, Swarm was a natural fit. Swarm’s install increased the energy efficiency of the school’s regular operations and resulted in utility bill savings that could go back to the students through increased program budgets.
In early conversations with Encycle, the school learned about utility demand response (DR) programs and the revenue they could generate by enrolling. With Encycle’s help, the school was enrolled in an automated demand response (AutoDR) program. Encycle installed Swarm Energy Management controllers on 26 rooftop HVAC units, enabling demand response participation that would be completely automated.
With Encycle's Swarm Energy Management controllers, Sage Hill School could now earn revenue by participating in DR events – without manually changing settings within their existing energy management system. Now, when the school receives an AutoDR dispatch notification from the utility, the Encycle server triggers the Swarm Energy Management system to execute a pre-programmed, fine-grained load shed. The HVAC system continues to provide some cooling, so that a reasonably comfortable work environment is maintained. Demand response performance can easily be monitored via the Swarm Energy Management cloud-based customer portal, which also provides the school with real-time and historical load data. This data can help to identify malfunctioning equipment and optimize HVAC load schedules, ultimately allowing facilities managers to make informed decisions and implement cost-savings strategies. The consumption and demand reduction benefits of Swarm Energy Management helped Sage Hill School save over $24,000 in its first calendar year with Encycle. Using Encycle's patented Swarm Logic algorithm, the Swarm Energy Management system also automatically managed peak electrical demand by balancing the duty cycles of the electrical loads. This saved Sage Hill School approximately $10,900 in peak demand charges in 2013.
Even though the school already had a comprehensive energy management system, Encycle was able to find and correct HVAC scheduling inefficiencies - resulting in annual consumption savings of 139,434 kWh.