Energy Star Award

Turning off the lights and watching the temperature on the thermostat has gone a long way at Moss Middle School.

The school was recently named an Energy Star building for its energy efficiency.

Lisa Hood, the vice-principal, says: "We don't turn the lights on until about 10 minutes before students come into the building and then when teachers are on planning period and they exit their rooms to go to meetings, or to different parts of the building, or come up to the conference room they always hit their lights."

Jay Wilson, the energy educator manager says: "Warren County has always taken a proactive stance on a lot things and energy management is one of those things that we're trying to do."

The school uses geothermal heating and cooling to make the building more energy efficient.

Wilson says: "As energy costs continue to rise, we feel like it's good for us to be good stewards of the taxpayers dollars and cutback and try to be conservative as best we could."

Since the energy program began around two and a half years ago, it has avoided cost of one point six million dollars.

Wilson says: "This is money that can be redirected to faculty and staff, getting additional people, getting more educational material for the students."

CMTA Engineers out of Louisville helped the school get this award. The only other school in the state to receive this award is Isaac Shelby Elementary in Jefferson County.

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