From an Everett Public Schools news release.
The Snohomish County PUD recently awarded the Everett School District about $95,000 in rebates for installing energy saving electrical upgrades this summer. These upgrades are also expected to save $42,000 in energy costs per year.
Heatherwood Middle School now has more energy efficient lighting. Parking lot lights at Jackson High, Evergreen and Gateway middle schools and four district elementary schools are brighter and also more energy efficient – thanks to upgrade projects completed in the summer of 2012.
This is just the most recent example of the district’s work to save energy costs having generated rebate or grant funding in addition to long-term savings. A year ago at this time, the PUD awarded the district more than $298,000 for previous energy retrofit projects and presented that check at a school board meeting.
Also last year, the district was awarded $2.2 million in state energy grants for work detailed in the 2011 district energy report. The combined cost savings for the work completed which earned these state grants is expected to save taxpayers $215,000 per year from the district’s general fund.
“The costs to heat and light our communities’ schools comes from the general fund – the same fund that pays for teachers and educational programs,” commented Superintendent Gary Cohn. “When we strategically make energy upgrades that save general fund dollars, we are saving classroom dollars. This attention to alternative resources is among the strategies identified in our strategic plan, which the community helped the board establish in 2010.”
Please contact the following for more information:
Mary Waggoner, Director of Communications, 425-385-4040
Hal Beumel, Facilities and Planning Director, 425-385-4191