State Education Department
School District Energy
Conservation Activities We examined the actions
taken by the State
Education Department and school districts to reduce energy costs.
We found that most school
districts have made some effort toward energy conservation and
the Department does provide
some assistance to the districts in their efforts. However, if
certain improvements were made,
energy costs could be further reduced. For example, the
Department does not formally
monitor energy conservation activities at the school districts,
even though it maintains data
about the districts that could be used to develop indicators of
energy efficiency. We also
found that many school districts do not monitor their energy use,
have not had energy audits
in the last five years, and do not participate in available
energy conservation programs. We
further note that school districts may be more likely to make
energy saving improvements if
the Department established a revolving fund to pay for such
improvements; the districts could
repay the fund from the resulting energy savings. We also note
that certain actions can be
taken to better protect the interests of school districts that
hire companies to reduce their
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