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Energy-saving efforts pay off for Monroeville

Alissa Widman Neese • Mar 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM

More than $700,000 in energy-efficient building upgrades recently earned Monroeville Schools statewide recognition and a small cash prize.

On Monday, the district received $5,000 and an Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award from Efficiency Smart, a Columbus-based organization striving to save its partner communities energy and money.

In 2010, Monroeville Schools participated in an energy conservation program created through state House Bill 264, which allows districts to borrow funds for self-funding facility improvement projects.

To qualify, districts must indicate anticipated improvements will generate enough savings, in 15 years, to essentially pay for the entire project.

The Monroeville Schools project included new boilers, roofing, lighting, windows and more, treasurer Mike Wade said.

The entire project cost $770,000.

“The district is pleased with the results of the project, as it has lowered our energy consumption and costs as well as reduced our carbon footprint,” superintendent Gregg Elchert said.

The innovative lighting upgrades — which will generate an estimated $8,700 in annual savings — prompted Efficiency Smart to recognize the district with its award, according to a news release.

“We’re delighted to recognize Monroeville Schools for making energy-efficient upgrades,” said Kristyn Wilder, Efficiency Smart’s executive director. “The project showcases its strong vision and commitment to reducing energy use and saving money today and into the future”

The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes improvements in the district’s existing building on West Street. It doesn’t include the building extension the district is currently constructing, which will likely be completed this spring and ready for students in the fall, Wade said.

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