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17 MPS schools named 'Energy Stars'

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

With the flip of a few light switches, the Montgomery Public School system says it's seen a dramatic decrease in energy costs. Monday, the system announced that 17 of its schools were recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as 'Energy Stars'.

School leaders say some of the energy savings came from the installation of new equipment, but more often than not, all it took was turning off unused energy hogs.

So, what did the system save in terms of money? Authorities said there was about $2 million in expected energy cost savings.

"Wonderful," exclaimed MPS Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson. "This is definitely a team effort with staff and students working to turn off lights and equipment not in use," she added.

Thompson says the efforts have positively impacted the bottom line.

The school system was expecting energy costs to top $9.1 million for the time frame between November 2010 and December 2011. When the final total was calculated, MPS leaders said they only had to pay $7.1 million, a reduction of from six to 38 percent among the schools. 

The expected energy cost for MPS from November 2010 to December 2011 was $9.1 million dollars. The actual cost was $7.1 million.

The savings are the equivalent of a reduction of 10,497 metric tons of CO2.

"Our principals and our operations department worked together to help educate students and staff," Superintendent Thompson said. "We are especially proud of the work of our own energy czars Kenneth Wright and Jason Bigham who monitored and educated our employees and worked with our partners like Energy Education to reap these impressive savings." 

The schools honored by the Environmental Protection Agency are:

  • Brewbaker Technology High with a 26 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Blount Elementary with a 28 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Bear Exploration Center with a 14 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Booker T. Washington High with a 21 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Flowers Elementary with a 22 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Forest Avenue Elementary with a 16 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Garrett Elementary with a 28 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Halcyon Elementary with a 21 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Highland Avenue Elementary with a 22 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Highland Gardens Elementary with a 13 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Johnson Elementary with a 21 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Lanier High School with a 38 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Lee High with a 24 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Loveless Academic Magnet High with a 14 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary with a 6 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Morningview Elementary with a 15 percent reduction in energy savings.
  • Morris Elementary with a 23 percent reduction in energy savings. 

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