Waterloo – As students start a new school year in Waterloo, they may see their schools in a new light.
The Waterloo School District took on a major lighting project over the summer, upgrading to LED lights and adding occupancy sensors and daylighting controls.
Focus on Energy worked with school officials on the projects and the district is taking advantage of a $42,487 incentive payment from Focus on Energy to help offset the costs of the changes.
Focus on Energy’s Agriculture, Schools, and Government program works with school districts across the state on energy efficiency projects. In Waterloo, the lifecycle energy savings of the three projects is enough to power 387 homes for a year.
The changes will also bring big monetary savings, as the district is projected to save more than $48,000 in energy costs the first year and more than $625,000 over the lifetimes of the projects.
A recent evaluation report found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs, and reduced pollution.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
About Waterloo School District
Waterloo School District enrolls approximately 850 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. One large campus facility houses the District's four schools, PK-4 elementary, 5-6 intermediate, 7-8 middle and 9-12 high school. The facility also includes a swimming pool and fitness center, which are open to the public. The grounds include tennis and outdoor volleyball courts, a football field, and a track. The District is located 25 miles east of Madison on Highways 19 and 89 and is ten miles north of Interstate 94.