Broken Arrow Public Schools has been awarded with the Energy Star certification from the EPA for nearly all of its buildings, including the high school and middle schools, putting them in the top 25-percent of energy-efficient buildings nationwide.
The school has been working with a consulting firm for the past three years, finding every way they can to cut down on power consumption.
Broken Arrow Schools Director of Facilities Larry Shackelford says they’ve saved more than $2.5 million so far.
He says it’s a team effort and a big deal to save money in a time of tight school budgets.
“We have a logo that’s on the window where everyone can see, we place a certificate in the principal’s office, so it’s something they can all be proud of,” he says.
He says a few examples of money-saving measures that add up quickly include putting in LED lightbulbs, turning down thermostats in empty buildings, and making sure that people switch off their computers and other electronics at night.