Energy "Police" Keep an Eye on School District

Energy "Police" Keep an Eye on School District

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The energy police are watching classrooms in Ogden.

The Ogden School District is kicking off a conservation program that could lead to "tickets" to teachers who forget to turn out the lights when they go home for the night.

Weber School District has been using the program for almost four years.

Both districts have contracted with a Texas-based energy-management consulting company.

The Weber district has been paying $231,000 each year of its four-year contract. In return, the company promised to save the district $4 million in energy costs over the four years.

So far, Weber has saved an estimated $5.1 million in energy costs.

Some little changes have added up to the big savings. Weber schools keep the buildings at 74-to-78 degrees during the summer and around 72 degrees during the winter. The heat doesn't come on as early and it's turned off over night.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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