At Lucid, we work with many people who work tirelessly each day to help curb energy use to reduce carbon impact on the environment and increase their organization's savings. This post kicks off a series spotlighting different energy heroes we work with to showcase some of their outstanding work. We hope their stories will both inspire you and impart useful best practices. Our first Energy Hero is Anna Klovstad, who has helped save her district hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Who is Anna?
Anna Klovstad is the Sustainability and Project Supervisor at Tahoe Truckee School District.
When Prop 39 passed in California, part of the money that was generated from the tax revenue was earmarked to improve energy efficiency for schools. Anna was entrusted with a million dollars for the district — and she wanted to be strategic as possible to find the best uses for it.
What’s her energy story?
Her first action was to measure and centralize the district’s building energy use in BuildingOS.
“The very first step is always start gathering data to benchmark. You can't change what you don't measure.”
By analyzing real-time and historical building energy usage, Anna was able to uncover and amend massive energy spikes that were impacting the environment and the district’s pocketbook. For instance, by analyzing their heating systems Anna learned they were turning on at midnight instead of in the early morning. With a simple schedule change, they recovered $2,000 per day.
Anna also built an army of energy advocates by engaging students in conservation efforts through energy clubs, “Trashion Shows,” and other environmental contests. Through Anna’s leadership, the district ranked 3rd in the state of California in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards.
What’s Anna’s inspiration?
“I feel the best way to make a change in our climate is to have as many people out there doing as much as possible. By sharing all of my successes, I can help create a bunch of energy soldiers out there.” - Anna Klovstad
Anna and other energy heroes are transforming energy management for their organizations. If you know someone who should be an Energy Hero or want to share your own story, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Energy Heroes:
Martha Larson, Carleton College
Ruby Tavernier, American University