Tecumseh Public Schools has been working, over the past two years, to make each of our buildings more energy efficient. The project started by converting all 6 of our school buildings to 100% LED lighting. This included all interior and exterior lights and the addition of occupancy sensors. The High School and Compass Learning Center were completed in 2016 and earned the district $112,647.43 in rebates. Tecumseh North, South, East, and West were completed in 2017 with an additional rebate of $37,384.15.
In addition to the LED lighting, in 2017 Tecumseh upgraded their HVAC Building Automation System for all 6 buildings. The old system was antiquated and failing, with only about half of the system operating properly. This project earned the district $32,476.20 in rebates.
The anticipated monthly savings from these upgrades will allow the district to payback all of the money spent in 4-5 years.
Due to these upgrades Tecumseh Public Schools was nominated for the Consumers Energy Project of the Year Award in the "Small Commercial" category. On March 28th, Director of Facilities Josh Mattison, Superintendent Dr. Kelly Coffin, and President of the Board of Education Roger Hart attended the award ceremony at Michigan State University. Tecumseh came home with the win and an award check for $15,000.
Looking ahead to 2018, TPS will continue to expand the work done on their HVAC Building Management System as well as physical repairs to their buildings to improve their "envelope," by improving their windows, roofs, and insulation.