News Release: Improving Energy Efficiency

Energy Savings Efforts before and after
  • Improvements and upgrades in heating and lighting systems (like those pictured at Hazen High School gymnasium) have resulted in cost savings in schools throughout the district. The improvements are funded by a 2008 voter-approved bond measure and by the district’s relentless pursuit of energy-conservation grants.

  • Voter support, along with energy conservation grants, help district improve heating, cooling, lighting while saving thousands in operating costs

    August 17, 2011—Schools throughout the Renton School District are realizing great savings in operating costs and energy use—along with better heating, cooling and lighting—thanks to voter support in 2008 of a school building improvement bond, coupled with the district’s dogged pursuit of state energy-conservation grants.

    The improvements include replacement of old inefficient lighting in classrooms, lunchrooms, hallways and gymnasiums with brighter, more efficient fluorescent lighting. Exterior lighting has been improved with super-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. The new lighting saves the district more than 50 percent of the energy used by old inefficient lighting fixtures. Other energy-saving upgrades include window replacements at Dimmitt Middle School, along with middle and high school improvements to mechanical and energy control systems by replacing old inefficient boilers and manual valves with new modulating boilers and automatic zonal valves that more efficiently meet building heating demands. These new mechanical and lighting systems save energy, provide better comfort, increase lighting levels, and greatly enhance the student learning environment.

    Grants secured by the district also pay for a new energy monitoring and accountability system that provides real-time electric and gas consumption analysis to examine energy usage and identify areas of additional savings.

    Contact: Randy Matheson | Executive Director
    Community Relations 425-204-2345 |