MASON (FOX19) - Mason City Schools' Green Team Efforts are paying off for the environment-- and for the district's bottom line. Energy-saving measures implemented by Mason City Schools have saved nearly $1 million in three years.
Since establishing the energy reduction effort in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the district has saved $920,653 and reduced energy-related expenses by 26.7 percent. Last year, the district saved $671,469 compared to the previous school year-- a 21 percent reduction.
Some of the ways that the District has reduced its energy costs and consumption include: procuring more favorable energy prices, completing insulation projects at Mason High School, Mason Middle School and Mason Intermediate School, adjusting lighting schedules in all buildings to ensure lower lighting levels after the school day has ended, and ensuring that the district's facilities schedulers coordinate building reservations with the district's HVAC technicians to heat or cool only those spaces being used.
"We're so proud of what we've been able to accomplish so far. However, we have a lot of challenges that will stretch us and we'll need everyone's help to make sure that we are able to meet our 10-Year Plan goals," shared Mike Brannon, Mason City School's Assistant Superintendent of Operations.