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Schools look to save energy
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A seven-percent reduction in energy costs for Warren County schools is just a start, according to Energy Manager Phillip Crowe, who, along with school board members believes a 20 percent reduction in electrical use is possible.“The 7.14 percent reduction is significant,” said board member Bill Zechman after Crowe reported the drop in usage when July through December 2010 was compared to the same period in 2011. “But we really believe a 20 percent reduction is feasible.”Crowe said being vigilant in turning off electronics and lights can lead to major money savings for the school system. As an example of real money savings, Crowe pointed out the total electric bill for the school system was $745,590 from July-December of 2010 but was down to $674,696 during the same period of 2011, marking a $70,893 savings.“I think we can still save a lot more energy,” Crowe said.