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Northern Indiana schools save millions through energy cuts

ELKHART – Some northern Indiana school districts are saving millions of dollars through programs that have teachers, maintenance staff and others turning off computers, lights and other electronics, as well as engaging in larger energy-savings tasks such as lowering temperatures in buildings during weekends and weeknights.

The Elkhart Truth reports the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. saved $3.4 million from 2009 through January. Elkhart schools saved just less than $3 million from September 2009 through December 2012. Goshen schools saved $1.4 million since June 2009.

Elkhart Community Schools’ energy specialist Ted Foland says the program asks teachers to do four things: close window blinds, keep doors closed and shut off all electronics and turn off all lights when the school day ends.