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Our view: Saving money through saving energy

You don’t have to unwind the state’s complicated school funding formula to save money. Sometimes it’s as easy as turning down the thermostat. The Onalaska School District announced this week it has saved more than $1 million in four years through energy-efficiency practices. The efforts to save gas, electricity and water consumption were achieved through some pretty basic steps: reduced run times on heating and air conditioning, turning lights off before and after classes and on weekends, and powering down computers. The La Crosse School District hired the same consultant as Onalaska — Energy Education Inc. — and has saved more than $2.5 million in the past eight years. Six of the district’s schools have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star rating. Continue reading “Our view: Saving money through saving energy” »

CARLSBAD: Energy program helps schools save money

Category: Energy Awards – Tags: , , – November 14, 20107:19 pm

Over the last 18 months, Carlsbad Unified School District has saved more than $500,000 on its gas, electricity and water bills as part of its burgeoning energy-saving program. The district can use some of the savings to pay for educational expenses, Superintendent John Roach said. “Amid these difficult economic times, the monetary savings is crucial,” he said in a prepared statement. In 2008, the district signed a four-year contract with Energy Education Inc. to cut energy costs by training employees and making other institutional changes. Continue reading “CARLSBAD: Energy program helps schools save money” »