The Palmyra Area School District was recently profiled in an article on NASA’s website about energy efficiency.

The article covers the districts efforts to adapt their facilities to an increasing student population to ensure that the school buildings are running efficiently from both financial and environmental points-of-view.

Palmyra Area School District was assisted in this process by Pennsylvania’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA), which connects public buildings with approved “green” contractors and provides energy consultants.

The district partnered with Reynolds Energy Services, a company based out of Harrisburg, which used a computer program known as RETScreen to compare the district’s utility bills and NASA weather data to determine how the schools’ energy usage correlates with weather.

This information was used to make decisions on how to best improve each building’s energy efficiency.

All schools in the district received new HVAC systems, while Palmyra Middle School also received a new roof and overall improvements to the school’s infrastructure. Forge Road Elementary School received an improved building envelope to aid in repelling the elements.

To read the full article from NASA’s website, click here.


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