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Athens schools could save $200,000

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Athens City Schools could cut about $200,000 from its utility bill.

The school board spent $1.2 million on utilities last year. But representatives from Trane Energy Management studied the system's facilities and told the board Thursday that Trane could save the board at least $200,000 a year.

Trane's report said the savings would come with upgrading lighting, adding temperature control measures and insulating windows at older buildings. The board would use the savings to pay for the initial capital expense and the cost to hire energy managers. After the capital improvements are paid off, the board would reap the total savings.

The report said Athens spends an average of $2.86 in utilities per square foot. The school average in the South is $1.24 per square foot.

If the board opts to hire an energy management firm, it will request proposals from companies. The company chosen would have to guarantee a minimum savings or pay the difference to the board.

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