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Mt. Pleasant Schools Flip Switch on Energy Saving

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – The Mount Pleasant Central School District Board of Education passed a resolution Wednesday evening to adopt a district-wide energy conservation policy projected to save the district around $2 million over the next 10 years.

“We’re really excited about this because we’re looking for ways to not only promote sustainability and responsible energy use, but also ways to save money,” said Superintendent Susan Guiney.

The policy comes in an agreement with nationwide corporation Energy Education, which specializes in helping institutions conserve their consumption of electricity, gas, oil, and water. A team from Energy Education will work with the principals from each of the four schools within the district and provide them with energy audits and computer software that can easily monitor the building’s daily energy use. The principals will then be responsible for ensuring energy conservation in the building.

“We’re going to be looking at things like making sure lights are turned off when they are supposed to be and that thermostats are set at the right levels,” Guiney said. “We’re going to be looking at everything within the buildings.”

Guiney said the cost to fund the Energy Education team and accompanying software will be completely provided by the money saved in utility bills and will not be any cost to the Mount Pleasant taxpayers.

Lisa Sanfilippo, business manager for the school district, said that the district will analyze its history of utilities over the past several years, which will help determine how it can save money in the future.

“We can’t control the weather conditions or the temperature outside but what we can control is out usage,” Sanfilippo said. “So that is what we’re going to focus on.”

Sanfilippo said the policy will likely be put into effect by the end of February and will also require help from students and custodial members in the buildings.

“The custodial staff is going to play a big role in regulating the equipment in the buildings when they aren’t in use,” Sanfilippo said. “We’re also going to be informing our students and teachers about energy saving methods that will be embedded into our curriculum.”

Guiney said she hopes the students will be able to utilize the energy lessons outside the classroom.

“Hopefully the students will be able to go home and practice some of the energy saving methods there and save some costs there on electricity,” Guiney said.

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