Fort Worth Independent School District
    State of Texas House Bill 3693  80th Legislature
    Utility Usage Reporting      
         September 2017 to August 2018    
      Consumption     Cost
    Electricity       129,093,271 kWh $ 11,860,370
    Natural Gas 108,179 MCF $ 844,004
    Water 346,721 CCF $ 2,620,945
    September 2016 to August 2017    
      Consumption     Cost
    Electricity 134,694,261 kWh $ 12,389,190
    Natural Gas 97,014 MCF $ 772,071
    Water 336,927 CCF $ 2,529,256
    September 2015 to August 2016    
      Consumption     Cost
    Electricity 140,237,416 kWh $ 12,340,404
    Natural Gas 107,996 MCF $ 661,134
    Water 359,411 CCF $ 2,496,144
    September 2014 to August 2015    
      Consumption     Cost
    Electricity 143,778,401 kWh $ 14,116,956
    Natural Gas 169,797 MCF $ 1,127,973
    Water 349,180 CCF $ 2,278,238

Event Scheduling After Hours


    Fort Worth ISD Energy Program

    `Fort Worth ISD has taken a proactive step to reduce the amount of money the district spends on utilities by entering into a partnership with Cenergistic. For 32 years, Cenergistic has helped school districts and other educational organizations nationwide reduce energy consumption, allowing funds to stay in the classroom. Ultimately, the success of the energy program enables the district to save jobs and other valuable programs.


    • The comfort of students and educators is our #1 priority.
    • The program does not require the district to increase its utility budget, purchase new energy equipment or upgrade existing equipment.
    • It is financially risk-free.
    • This is an organizational behavior-based energy program and requires cooperation and participation.
    • This is not a short-term “green project.” It’s a comprehensive, rigorous and sustainable energy program to help the district save money for years to come.


    Your Energy Specialists


    Six Energy Specialists work throughout FWISD to promote and ensure the overall implementation of the energy management program. The Energy Specialists are responsible for developing and monitoring the district’s energy management program for the purpose of reducing utility consumption.


    Ashton Whitley Ashton started his career as an energy specialist over the summer of 2018, but is no stranger to working with people and equipment.  His previous employment has always been customer service oriented and hands on.    His past includes owning / operating two small businesses and working for the University of Texas at Arlington as a business manager.   He is married with 2 beautiful daughters, Mae (11) and June (5).   

    Melissa Hatton  Melissa has 5+ years of district energy and facility management experience. She was employed with Burleson ISD for 2 years as the facility manager and then as the energy specialist for 2 years. She started as the energy specialist at Fort Worth ISD in the summer of 2017. Her and her husband, Chad live in Burleson and have two boys, Aiden (13) and Bryson (11). In her spare time, she enjoys watching her boys play baseball and traveling.


    Ken Buchholz Born and reared in South Fort Worth, Ken began his career as an Energy Specialist in 2016 serving Fort Worth ISD. He was with Burleson ISD as a Lead Maintenance Foreman for four years. Prior to that, Ken enjoyed operating his own business and working as a Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector for 17 years. During that time, he was also contracted as a FEMA Disaster Housing Inspector, assessing property damages for disaster survivors around the country. Ken enjoys helping others, has an acute mechanical aptitude and a passion to solve problems.  He now lives in Joshua Texas and has been married for 25 years to his wife Mary, raising two children, Hailey and Will. both are off to college this year.  Outside of work, Ken loves to boat, fish, hunt, snow ski and watch baseball.

    Kent Hall Kent has been an Energy Specialist for three and a half years. He served as the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s energy specialist for two and a half years and has been with Fort Worth ISD for one year. Prior to being an energy specialist, he was a teacher/coach for 20 years in both Oklahoma and Texas and has a master’s degree in administration.  He lives with his wife, Michelle, in Grapevine. They have three children, Katie, Brooke, and Ethan.  In his free time he enjoys college football (Boomer Sooner), classic cars, and reading.


    David McAfee David was born and reared in Lake Worth, TX. He attended College at Tarleton State University and The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is an Army Veteran of 27 years, serving in Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. In all, he has 20+ years of experience managing personnel with Pepsi Cola and as acting First Sergeant in the US Army. He also has Project Managing experience with Advanced Glass Systems. He joined Cenergistic in December of 2016. He is married to his high school sweetheart, who started her career as an Educator at FWISD-teaching at Oak Hurst elementary for six years. They have three beautiful children and currently reside in Weatherford, TX. He and his family serve and attend at Victory Baptist Church and during his off time, he enjoys spending time with his family camping and “all things outdoors”. He considers it an honor and a blessing to serve the students and staff of FWISD in the Energy Specialist position.


    Sharon Bittner Sharon is a Fort Worth native. She has a B.A. in Anthropology, served four years in the United States Navy and has a varied background that includes both industrial and community welfare work. Sharon joined Cenergistic in October of 2016. She is married and has three children.


    Energy Conservation Tips


    Here are some ways to contribute to our ongoing effort to reduce our carbon footprint and save energy within Fort Worth ISD.


    • Rule #1 - If you don’t need it, turn it off or unplug it.  Off is the best energy conservation technique available.
    • Lights off – If you will be out of your classroom/office for more than ten minutes turn off your lights.
    • No space heaters or fans – They are a fire hazard, energy hog and can cause problems with the HVAC system
    • Thermostats are set at 68 and 73 – District standard is thermostats are set at 68 degrees for heating and 73 degrees for cooling.  Please dress accordingly.
    • Turn off water when not in use – Do not let water run if it is not being used.  Every drop that goes down the drain unused is wasted funds.
    • Report leaking faucets, toilets or urinals even if it is just a small drip – A small drip can add up to hundreds of dollars per year.
    • Computers in sleep/off – Screensavers don’t save money.  If you will be off your computer for more than thirty minutes, shut it off.
    • Projectors/promethean boards off – Be sure to turn off your projectors and smart boards at night and any time you will be out of your classroom for an extended period.
    • Unplug it – A cell phone charger plugged into the wall still uses power even if the phone isn’t plugged into it.  It is very little but spread out over the entire District can add up to substantial cost.  An even better option would be to use the USB port on your computer to charge it.
    • Localized after hours event – Often our largest use of electricity at a site is during after-hours events. Please do all you can to hold multiple after-hours events in the same area of the building and at the same time.


     Recently, Cenergistic earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award - the 10th consecutive year for this national recognition. Cenergistic is ENERGY STAR’s most active Service and Product Provider, working with each client to submit a Partner Letter and pursue ENERGY STAR recognition, helping save more than $5 billion in its 32-year history. Among the company’s 2017 ENERGY STAR accomplishments:


    1. Clients earned ENERGY STAR Certification for 1,635 client buildings in 2017, bringing the total to 10,016 Certifications in 44 states.
    2. Clients saved an average 26% off expected energy costs in 2017, and an average 26% over the last 31 years while saving $5 billion in expected energy costs since 1986.
    3. Assisting clients in benchmarking buildings in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®


    Event Scheduling After Hours

    To conserve energy and protect equipment, the air conditioning in your building is scheduled to come on one hour before the morning bell and go off 30 minutes before the afternoon bell.  After those hours, the building sets back to 85 for cooling and 55 for heating. This means the building should never get above 85 or below 55. Also, air is scheduled off during holidays and breaks.

    If you have events/meetings at your building after hours or during holidays, please enter a work order two weeks prior and no more than one month out.

    When entering the work order, please include the following:

    1. School number and school name
    2. Requester’s name
    3. Name of the event
    4. Room(s) needed
    5. Date of the event
    6. Start and end time of the event


    Please submit the work order to Dept. 980 Energy Management System (EMS)

    On the day of the event, please perform a “walk-through” to ensure the air conditioning is working properly in the area to be used for the event.  If it is not, please call the energy specialist assigned to your building.