Local Schools Save Big-Time with Natural Gas Conversions

Two school districts in Susquehanna County are reaping the benefits of low cost, clean energy since their natural gas conversion.

Though the Montrose and Elk Lake School districts in Susquehanna County took different approaches to their respective conversions to the use of natural gas, both districts realized substantial savings in just two years. Now four years into the transition, school administrators can only wish that they could have made the move sooner.

“Our return on investment was ridiculously quick,” Montrose SD facilities director Chris Tripp offered. Just two years after starting the conversion process, he noted, “We had already saved money that had been put back into the system.”

“The new equipment is reliable and predictable,” said Elk Lake SD energy manager Kim Guiton. Both districts also switched over their thermostats from pneumatic to digital controls. “The combination of that and natural gas use vastly reduced maintenance, operational and utility costs.”

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