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New Hampshire school districts save money by saving energy

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Reducing costs is important in the current economic situation. As schools look for more ways to save money and work within default budgets next year, investigating how to reduce the cost of energy is both economically and environmentally important.

On average, New Hampshire schools spend $377 per student each year for energy. Nearly 100 NH schools in 25 districts are saving money by dropping this amount through energy conservation as part of the EnergySmart Schools program.

One of these districts, White Mountains Regional School District, has saved $60,000 in annual energy costs and has earned the ENERGY STAR label for three of its four buildings. This achievement is a result of acting on recommendations made by the New Hampshire EnergySmart Schools program.

A list of participating school districts is provided online. An individual school or entire district can participate by contacting the EnergySmart program and providing data about each building. In return, they receive a custom report including information about how each building is performing, how it can be improved, and resouces (including financial incentives and rebates) to help implement these improvements.