With a full month of data to compare, Charlotte Elementary School has seen a monthly saving of almost $3,000 in its utility costs under a new energy management system. David Baggett of United Mechanical and Electrical reported last week that the new system has realized a total utility cost reduction of $2,894.50 over the school’s average utility costs for the same period in 2009 and 10. The majority of the savings came in a reduction of over $2,700 in electricity costs with just under $100 saved in gas costs. In comparing Charlotte Elementary’s utility bills for the same period to Centennial Elementary, which has the same building footprint, Charlotte was over $4,500 less in October, Baggett said. Charlotte was chosen for the management system pilot program because it has the highest energy costs per student and square foot in the system. UME will be paid using the savings from previous utility costs and Baggett said the company is looking forward to getting its first check. CES Principal Malissa Johnson said UME has been very easy to work with and is training school personnel on using the new energy management system.