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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” »