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D211 Post: District 211 Adds Solar Panels to Energy Efficiency

            For many years, Township High School District 211 has been improving its overall energy efficiency.  The District has transitioned light fixtures from traditional florescent to LED lighting during various renovations, and it has recently begun adding alternative fuel propane buses to the District’s 160-plus vehicle fleet.  Now, the District can add solar power to its green initiative.  On February 28, the District will activate solar panels that have been installed on the roof of the Higgins Education Center.         ...

District 211 Reaches $9 Million in Energy Cost Savings

As District 211 continues its energy saving efforts into the new year, data from utility invoices showed the District saw its highest energy cost savings within an eight-year period. With a 31 percent reduction in natural gas usage and 32 percent reduction in electricity consumption, the District has saved more than $9 million. From December 2011 through November 2012, the savings totaled more than $1.2 million. “We rely on cooperation of everyone in the District to be mindful of shutting things down, and that counts for about 25 percent of our savings,” said Reece Thome, District 211’s energy manager. “The other 75 percent comes ...

Fremd, Conant Earn Energy Star Awards

Modifying old habits takes time to get used to and might not be immediately noticeable, but thanks to the efforts from District 211 faculty, staff, and students, tiny changes have amounted to something huge. Since 2004, there has been close to $8 million in savings for electricity, heating, and cooling costs district-wide. That savings has helped the District earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Certification for William Fremd and Conant High Schools for a second consecutive year. Buildings that are the most energy-efficient and are nationally ranked within the top 25 percent in the country are given this recognition. ...