11:04 AM EDT, April 22, 2013
Gloucester school officials are soliciting bids on an energy audit of Petsworth Elementary School to try and save money in a couple of areas.
Petsworth was selected for the energy audit because school officials are exploring all alternatives to replacing a failing roof system and overaged heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, said Assistant Superintendent John Hutchinson in an email. Cutting energy costs would be another aspect of the project.
While school officials don't have in mind an amount of money that can potentially be saved, the actual dollar value will be determined by the evaluation of the bidders, Hutchinson said. Potential bidders were given a tour of the school on April 17.
"The bidders were complimentary of the current efficient energy management being done by Dave Simmons, our energy manager," Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson was asked if other schools would be considered for similar projects.
"Yes, this is a starting point in evaluating the potential benefits of performance contracting in this current economic climate," Hutchinson said.Bids are due on April 30.
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