NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Today is Earth Day. The message is to save energy and protect natural resources.
East Texas News found someone who puts that into practice daily for the good of Nacogdoches taxpayers. Mike Moses Middle School is several miles away from energy manager Reggie Hudson's office. Even so, he knows a lot about room 213.
"What the temperature is, whether the air conditioner is running or the fan is running, what the supply temperature is, what the outside temperature is," Hudson, the energy manager for NISD and the City of Nacogdoches, said.
The sophisticated software program provides the information Hudson needs to manage energy costs on Earth Day and every day in the Nacogdoches Independent School District.
"The temperature is set at 73," Hudson said.
That temperature saves electricity and saves the environment.
"In the 17 years of our program, you can calculate how many acres of trees that we would have planted to compensate for that," Hudson said. "And right now we are at about 20,000 acres of trees."
Hudson also monitors the City of Nacogdoches. He keeps track of office workers' usage, but more importantly tries to cut industrial usage costs.
"When you have a 1000-horsepower electric motor, that's a lot of electricity," Hudson said. "And we have some of those."
You'll find them pumping water from the lake and wells. Power consuming motors are at the wastewater treatment plant too. Hudson knows generating electricity puts a strain on water supplies.
"We're going to have to figure out some ways to utilize our resources better and not use up all our natural resources," Hudson said.
It's a message Hudson promotes daily, not just on Earth Day.
When asked how he was celebrating Earth Day, Hudson said, "I'm concentrating on doing my job better."
Hudson suggests to homeowners on Earth Day to begin monitoring your own electrical usage. He says the best place to start is at the thermostat.