Energy savings in Marshall County Schools to directly benefit the students

Northeast Alabama
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With several new changes coming, officials with the Marshall County School system say they will save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on energy, and those savings will ultimately benefit the students.

Earlier this year, Marshall County Schools partnered up with a company for an energy savings project. The system went through the process, including all of the schools in the system. Now the system is working to implement those changes.

“Schneider Electric has completed an energy analysis audit and we’ll be able to save 28 percent cost for utilities,” says Superintendent Cindy Wigley.

Wigley says through upgrades, that equates to hundreds of thousands of dollars saved. “14 million over a 20 year period, so we’re looking at 460,000 a year.”

That’s savings from air and heating systems, lighting and water. “The money that we save as a result of the project we’ll put into maintenance of our facilities,” explains Wigley.

The up front costs to upgrade the schools are budged for, and the savings will take care of the rest. Officials say it’s a way to save money and put it right back into the schools.

Work on the upgrades is expected to start by the end of the first semester.

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