Jim Thorpe Area School District saves money on energy bills

JIM THORPE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Imagine saving 50-thousand dollars a year on your electricity bill. That's exactly the kind of result a local school district is seeing after making some upgrades.

Jim Thorpe Area School District just cut it's annual energy bill by 50-thousand dollars.How'd they do it? They switched from florescent lights to LED.

Here's a look at some of the new lights in the high school. Principal, Tom Lesisko, shows me around and says he's seen a noticeable impact with the new lights. 
 
"i'm using 1/3 electricity in my office," said Lesisko. 
 
To get his office to be this bright, he used to need all three florescent bulbs. But now, three bulbs is almost too bright!  So he usually just turns on one. 
 
"Smart technology is helping us save electricity usage and save money and making people aware of turning lights off everywhere," said Lesisko. 
 
Here's a look at the high school gym. The lights in here are motion activated. And the same goes for some of the classrooms. 
 
"Money's always tight and we're really just trying to use it more efficiently," said Brian Gasper, superintendent. 
 
Light upgrades are a multi-million dollar expense for the district, but it's an investment. 
 
"Basically the program is paid for over the course of 15 years because of the savings we realize from using energy efficient item," said Gasper. 
 
In addition to the electricity the district saved, they also received money through a rebate with PPL which presented the district with a check for more than 34-thousand dollars.
 
District officials and school faculty tell me they're happy with the changes, and hope to see more energy saving projects in the future.
 
"It sets an example for everyone, how we can conserve if we think about it and do the right thing," said Lesisko. 
 
The district has about one-thousand other lights they hope to upgrade in the next phase of the project. .
 

 


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