WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Many of us hope simple ways will save on energy costs. Warren County Schools seems to have found the right way, saving more than $8.7 million over the last 10 years.
"We can redirect that money back into the educational environment. Whether that is buying technology, getting additional staff, or anything of that nature," says Energy Manager, Jay Wilson.
One of the county's standout schools is Richardsville Elementary. Large solar panels are soaking up the rays in the parking lot, producing more than enough energy.
"Actually the building is considered net zero, but actually it is net positive. We are actually generating funds at that facility instead of having to pay a bill," says Wilson.
For their surplus of savings, Warren County Schools have been presented with the Chairman's Sustainability Award. It's the second energy savings award given to county schools this summer. In today's tough economic times, school officials say every penny counts.
"Its critical. With today's budget situation we are operating on limited funds and so our priority has to be to maximize the efficiency of every dollar that comes in and out of our district," says Superintendent Rob Clayton.
The energy impact has gone beyond the districts wallet and into the classroom.
"It's really teaching our future generation and students about energy conservation and sustainability. So we are in the education business and that's what we are doing. We are just taking it one step further," says Wilson.
Jay Wilson says the success of the energy program comes from team work between utility companies and the school district.