Keeping Kids Comfortable to Enhance Learning

One would think a school in San Diego County would rely on the ocean breeze to keep students at a comfortable temperature. However, Bonsall Unified School District lies well inland with five schools and just over 2,000 students. Unfortunately, the breeze just isn’t quite enough and the school decided it was time to replace and upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit and controls at Norman L. Sullivan Middle School.

The district applied to the California Energy Commission for over $86,000 in funding from Proposition 39, an initiative California voters approved in 2012 that closed a tax loophole and had rewarded businesses for moving jobs out of state. Now those tax dollars are being invested in our children, our schools and our environment.

As part of the project, the school also replaced their outdated thermostats with 365-day programmable Wi-Fi units. The total project, which was completed in December 2014, will reduce the amount of electricity and natural gas the school used, saving an estimated $6,000 per year.

To see the list of approved Energy Expenditure Plans by district, visit the Energy Commission’s Proposition 39 webpage and click on Energy Expenditure Plan list.

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