• Cassie Nichols

    Energy Clerk


    Willis ISD has developed an Energy Conservation and Building Management Program to help us in our efforts to conserve energy and save dollars that can be redirected to support education. We are working to save energy by modifying our behavior and becoming more energy aware in all areas of consumption.

    Savings total to date = $ 2,214,480

    The total above is from August 2011 through September 2016 and consists of Cost Avoidance plus Special Savings that are the result of the Energy Management Program.

    What are we doing to save energy?
    Turn off lights when not needed,
    Turn off electrical equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, document cameras, projectors, TVs, etc. at the end of each day,
    Turn off parking lot lights in the middle of the night,
    Turn off refrigeration equipment in concession stands during the off-season and between events,
    Making sure all of our vent fans are off at the end of the school day,
    Keeping our doors closed at all times,
    Tighten up our run times on our air/heat to closely match student class times,
    Not running air/heat during breaks such as Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and summer break except to maintain humidity control and district standard minimum/maximum temperatures,
    Other items as identified or needed. (Our program concentrates on how we use energy without capital expenditures. Some items we change require minor amounts of labor and/or costs involving the installation of newer thermostats or timers to gain schedule control over previously uncontrolled air/heat/lights.)
    Please contact Cassie Nichols, Energy Management Clerk, with questions or concerns: cnichols@willisisd.org or 936-890-7878 (extension 7878 inside of WISD)

    Please visit the links on the left for more information.


  • Entergy Check Presentation

    Willis ISD received a check for $18,785 during a special presentation at the board meeting Dec. 10. Mark Delavan, Account Service Manager for Entergy Texas, and David Rubalcava with CLEAResult, presented the rebate check for the district’s participation in the 2018 Entergy Texas Commercial Solutions Program. This year alone, Willis ISD’s energy savings achieved equates to 87 cars off the road, 45,762 gallons of gasoline, 946 barrels of oil, or 478 acres of U.S. forests.

Energy Policies and Guidelines

  • Energy Guidelines For Teachers & All Staff Members

    -All staff members are “energy savers” as well as “energy consumers”. We must all work together to implement the energy conservation guidelines.

    -Classroom doors should remain closed as much as possible when HVAC is operating.

    -Vestibule doors should remain closed. Doors to the outside should not be propped open.

    -All exhaust fans should be turned off at the end of each day and during unoccupied hours.

    -All office machines (copiers, laminating equipment, etc.) should be switched
    off each night and during unoccupied hours. Fax machines should remain on.

    -All computers, monitors, document cameras, projectors, TVs, music/CD/DVD players, printers and speakers should be turned off each night. Networked printers are excluded. All other electrical items should be unplugged or turned off each night. (items plugged in for charging are exempt)

    -Refrigerators located in classrooms should be unplugged and the door propped open during any extended break (Thanksgiving week, Winter Holiday break, Spring break and Summer break)

    -Air Conditioning Equipment

    -Thermostats should be set no lower than 72 degrees during cooling. (Range 72-74)

    During the unoccupied time periods (after student dismissal, weekends, holidays) air conditioning equipment should be turned off, with a maximum set point of 85 degrees.
    (Most of our HVAC is controlled via a central management program that sets thermostats automatically. If you have a thermostat in your area for local control, these guidelines should be followed.)

    Heating Equipment

    Thermostats should be set no higher than 72 degrees during heating. (Range: 68-72)
    The unoccupied temperature setting shall be 55 degrees.
    When there is no threat of freezing, heating equipment will be turned off each night.


    -All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off. Remember to check storage closets, custodial closets, maintenance rooms, staff work rooms, and any area that doesn't have a motion detecting switch.

    -All lamps used for accent lighting must have CFL or LED bulbs. No incandescent bulbs allowed. If you have a small lamp fixture with a candelabra socket then an incandescent bulb of 15 watts or less is allowed.

    2015-16 Update: With the installation of LED classroom, hall, gym and common area lighting with motion detecting switches it is not necessary to turn lights on/off when leaving a room for a brief time period. The new lights are set to go off after 15 minutes of non-activity.

    -Large soft drink boxes in concession stands should be off except when loaded for selling on game day. Storage refrigerator or soft drink boxes are designated in storage rooms for storage.

    -Restroom lights/exhaust fans in concession stands & field houses should be off except during games/events