Local district gets 6-figure check for energy efficiency efforts - WNEM TV 5

Local district gets 6-figure check for energy efficiency

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Many school districts across Michigan sing the same tune. They're dealing with tighter budgets and forced to make drastic cuts. But one local district is getting a little relief because of its efforts of "going green."

Bullock Creek School Superintendent Charlie Schwedler gave a tour of Pine River Elementary School on Monday night.

Since last April, the district has installed new energy-efficient light bulbs and a new heat-conserving roof. Renovations to help conserve energy and changes that are paying off in a big way.

"$126,360.72 to help offset the costs of your investments," said Tom Begin, spokesman of Consumers Energy, as he handed over a check to the Bullock Creek district.

Consumers Energy presented the $126,000 check to the district because of their improvements at Pine River Elementary and in other buildings across the district. And they are efforts other districts may want to duplicate.

"Save money on energy, and we'll help pay for the cost of doing that," said Begin.

The changes the district made doesn't only mean money from Monday night's check. District leaders told us the savings will continue well into the future.

"About a $97,000 annual savings. That's pretty impressive," said Bill Rogers, who oversees the district's buildings.

"For a district our size, that is a significant amount of money that can go back to kids," said Schwedler.

Consumers told TV5 Monday night the incentive program is based off Michigan lawmakers urging public utilities to pay up if customers become energy efficient. It's something all customers can take advantage of. If you're interested, CLICK HERE.

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