La Crosse School District reduces energy costs at schools

Efforts to reduce energy use is paying off for the La Crosse School District.

District officials worked with Focus on Energy to reduce energy costs in area schools.

La Crosse was one of the first districts to adopt what’s called the DEET program, or Delivering Energy Efficiency Together. That includes making behavioral changes like, installing LED lights throughout the school, turning off lights in empty classrooms and offices, and putting computers in sleep mode when not in use.

Energy and Transportation Manager for La Crosse Schools, Mike Freybler says they are looking for even more ways to reduce energy use.

“What i’m hoping to do next is probably gymnasiums in our high schools,” said Freybler. “We haven’t had a chance to do them. They seem to be on at 6 o’clock in the morning til 10 o’clock or later at night. That’s something we really want to focus on next.”

Energy use at benchmarked schools has decreased 23% between 2006 and 2018. That 23% decrease represents $40 million that can be spent on other priorities related to educating Wisconsin’s children.

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