Energy Efficiency Lowers School District Costs

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

While the Reedsburg Area School District’s energy use is up slightly, a cost analysis shows an eight-years savings of more than $550,000 because of a number of efficiency improvement projects.

Jim Schieble of the Reedsburg Utility Commission gave the school board an overview Monday night of the district’s energy usage from the 2003-2004 school year through the 2011-2012 school year.

Usage showed a decrease because of a mild winter last year and what Schieble called an increase of supply over demand economics.

“Gas in America has increased in supply,” Schieble said, “so there is more supply than demand, and the price goes down. That trend may reverse according to forecasts. There is less demand from industry and a lot because of the supply and new drilling techniques.”

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