Thanks to awareness and conservation, Bullitt County Public Schools avoided $931,000 in energy costs during the 2017-2018 school year.
District Energy Manager Kimberly Joseph said little things such as turning off lights and unplugging appliance add up to big savings.
“Employees who are vigilant about energy savings make an impact on the school system’s budget as well as the planet,” she said.
Since partnering with ENERGY STAR 11 years ago, total cost avoidance has exceeded over $6 million.
“Every dollar the district does not spend on utilities can be invested in school resources,” Joseph said.
She shared that the least efficient school buildings in the United States use about four times more energy than top rated, energy efficient schools.
“We have 18 ENERGY STAR buildings here at BCPS,” she said. “But imagine if our buildings fell into the ‘least efficient’ category...our average utility costs per year, over the past several years has been about $2.2 million/year. What if that number were 4X bigger - $8.8 million? Just think of all the things Bullitt County Schools wouldn’t be able to do because we were wasting energy and resources?”
She challenged employees continue following energy shutdowns at the end of the day, end of the week, over long weekends, and breaks; support their school’s student energy team; and involve students and co-workers in helping with energy shutdowns – these activities build good habits that they can take home and into their future.