Lana Hiskey – The Deseret News
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification, which recognizes schools for energy-efficient buildings, was recently awarded to 39 buildings in the Nebo School District, the most of any school district in the state of Utah.
To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, buildings must rate in the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency, and Nebo averaged in the top 10 percent. School District Superintendent Rick Nielsen said they have put a lot of effort toward conserving energy, and are pleased with the outcomes.
“Our energy conservation efforts are saving taxpayer dollars while also helping protect our local environment,” Nielsen said.
The cost of utilities is the second largest budget line-item for the Nebo School District, and the prices for electricity, natural gas and water have been steadily increasing. To combat these rising energy and utility costs, the Nebo School District entered into a partnership with Cenergistic to implement a behavior-driven energy conservation program throughout its buildings and campuses. Since the program was first implemented, Nebo School District has seen a tremendous reduction in energy use.
“Since we began partnering with Cenergistic on a serious energy conservation program, we have reduced our electrical consumption by 9,431,505 kWh,” Nielsen said. “The environmental impact is equal to taking 2,091 cars off the street, or planting 257,409 trees in our community.” (…)