Managing the energy requirements of educational facilities means balancing operating costs without sacrificing reliability for the health and safety of students and faculty. Energy costs are one of the few expenses that can be decreased without negatively affecting classroom instruction. By implementing energy-efficient measures, along with operations and maintenance strategies, learning centers and campuses can generate substantial energy cost savings while improving the environment of school facilities.

With natural gas equipment solutions, educational facilities can enjoy comfort and reliability and benefit from stable operating costs. Natural gas offers the best energy value and comfort level for space heating, water heating and cooling, and natural gas food service equipment is modern and efficient. Many facilities may also benefit from desiccant dehumidification, humidifiers and Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

Below are equipment suggestions:

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

One solution making headway in the industry is Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. CHP is a form of distributed power generation and is typically located near the point of consumption. This technology is essentially the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single source of energy, usually natural gas.

Absorption Chillers

Absorption chillers cool water using energy provided by a heat source. In addition to being direct fired by natural gas, absorption chillers can run using hot water, steam or waste heat, making them an integral part of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems or anywhere waste heat is available. Absorption chillers are generally used where noise and vibration levels are an issue, particularly in hospitals, schools and office buildings. 
  • Determine your gas requirement

    Determining your facility’s natural gas requirement involves verifying the MBTu per hour and delivery pressure in psi (pounds per square inch) of each natural gas appliance you will keep and/or add. Note: You can do this yourself or you can contact your HVAC contractor, engineer, or facilities manager to get this information.

    • If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or less, contact an HVAC contractor of your choice to get started.
    • If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or more, contact a Washington Gas Commercial Account Manager to get started. 
  • Complete the Service Information Request Form

    The Service Information Request form details your load, delivery pressure and general service requirements. For new construction projects, please include a site plan, property plat and/or dimensional sketch, including meter location, preferably in autoCAD format or in PDF. 
  • Submit the required paperwork

    Submit the required paperwork to:

    Washington Gas
    Attention: Commercial Sales
    6801 Industrial Road
    Springfield, Virginia 22151

    Please ensure the paperwork is complete and lists all anticipated gas equipment, the corresponding MBTu rating and required gas pressure.

  • Determine the cost for an underground gas line and meter

    Washington Gas will perform a cost –benefit analysis of the project per the governing tariff in your jurisdiction of D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
  • Return the signed commitment letter along with any required contribution

    Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive a customer commitment letter from Washington Gas. Sign and return the letter, along with required contribution, if any.
  • Request a gas meter

    Upon completion of the underground gas service, contact Washington Gas to request a gas meter.
  • Schedule gas line installation

    A Washington Gas underground contractor will contact you to schedule the gas line installation.
  • Washington Gas applies for all necessary permits and permissions

  • Gas lines within the structure are inspected

    The gas lines within the property must be inspected by the proper code authority of the jurisdiction. Your installer is responsible for tie-in.
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