By The News-Enterprise
LaRue County Public Schools recognized Abraham Lincoln Elementary School for its recent ENERGY STAR certification at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency, according to a district news release. It signifies the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“The LaRue County Schools district is proud to work with Harshaw Trane to achieve ENERGY STAR certification at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School,” LaRue County Superintendent Sam Sanders said. “Obtaining this efficiency will allow the district to spend more dollars in our classrooms and not on utility bills.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, the district began a partnership with Louisville-based energy services company Harshaw Trane in 2014 to update facilities. The end goal was to reduce the district’s energy usage at many of its facilities and help better manage day-to-day operating costs.
Commercial buildings that earn the certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. LaRue County Public Schools improved its performance by managing energy strategically across the district and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
The district has saved $97,739 in energy costs, 755,686 kilowatt hours in electrical usage and 13,667 centum cubic feet in natural gas. The district has saved carbon dioxide emissions equal to 1,542 barrels of oil not burned or five acres of trees preserved from deforestation.