Katy ISD Saves Over $4M by Implementing Energy Saving Strategies


Twenty-four Katy Independent School District campuses have earned the Energy Star Certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and have saved the District over $4 million to date due to their efforts. Since 2019, Katy ISD has partnered with Cenergistic, a Texas-based company that helps school districts conserve energy through strategies that include fine-tuning air conditioning (AC) run times, identifying unused AC/lighting schedules, overnight equipment checks, updating technology and other protocols.

“Through approved bond projects, the Katy ISD Operations Division has been able to install new equipment that is both energy-efficient and more reliable for campuses and District facilities,” said Chief Operations Officer Ted Vierling. “Small changes such as upgrading lighting from old technology to light-emitting diode (LED) to larger adjustments such as replacing boilers and chillers have improved efficiency for both energy and water consumption,” added Vierling.

Over the past three years, Katy ISD has committed to making energy conservation a priority due to the rising cost of electricity, gas and water.  Every dollar saved on these utilities amounts to greater funding that can be redirected to classrooms, teachers and students.

Looking to sustain conservation efforts now and well into the future, all new Katy ISD facilities are built with energy-efficient components such as LED lighting, automatic shut-off switches for classroom lighting, upgraded control systems and utilization of natural light whenever practical.

The following campuses have been awarded the Energy Star Certification:


Elementary Campuses:

  • Alexander Elementary
  • Bear Creek Elementary
  • Cimarron Elementary
  • Creech Elementary
  • Davidson Elementary
  • Fielder Elementary
  • Golbow Elementary
  • Griffin Elementary
  • Hayes Elementary
  • Jenks Elementary
  • Leonard Elementary
  • McRoberts Elementary
  • Randolph Elementary
  • Shafer Elementary
  • Sundown Elementary
  • Williams Elementary
  • Wilson Elementary
  • Wolfe Elementary
  • Wolman Elementary

Junior High Campuses:

  • McDonald Junior High
  • McMeans Junior High
  • Memorial Parkway Junior High
  • Tays Junior High

High School Campuses:

  • Tompkins High School