We have reached $500,000 in avoided energy costs

Deb Henton
Deb Henton

At last Thursday’s school board meeting, the school district was presented a banner by Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) marking the district reaching the $500,000 mark in avoided energy costs. It is yet another milestone in our effort to make the very best use of the resources you provide us.

We are in our fourth year of our energy program, and we have taken many steps to become more efficient. We have eliminated personal refrigerators, replaced the HVAC system at the Brooker Bldg., taken part in incentive programs, performed de-lamping, and created a great deal of awareness through posters and other materials displayed in our buildings.

Becky Leuer oversees our district program—or the “Energy Elf” as she is she is often called—and she has done a phenomenal job keeping energy usage on everyone’s mind here at the school district.

It was also announced our middle school is now an Energy Star certified building. That means our middle school is among the top 25 percent most efficient buildings of its kind in the nation. It looks right now like our high school isn’t far from receiving this distinction, either.

Credit for the costs we have avoided go to every staff member and student. Everyone in our buildings works hard to preserve energy.

Why is this program important? First and foremost, it is yet another way we demonstrate to our taxpayers that we take those funds very seriously and want to get the most out of them. Dollars not spent on energy can be spent on the district’s mission—educating children.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to educate students about stewardship of resources and the environment.

We are very proud of this initiative and the savings it has created. Our thanks go not just to Becky, but also the staff at SEE, who have been incredible partners in this program.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact me at 651-674-1011.

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