New Pennsylvania Program Will Help Schools Save Money and Energy

HARRISBURG, May 31— The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the start of a free program to help schools in 15 South-central Pennsylvania counties better manage their energy and water usage and costs while preventing pollution.

“This innovative program gives schools the tools to implement resource conservation strategies that save energy, reduce pollution and measure their effectiveness on a real-time basis,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Schools already play a big role in making Pennsylvania a healthier, cleaner place to live and DEP is happy to provide this opportunity to do even more.”

The program will help schools establish ENERGY STAR portfolio accounts, which can help track a school’s utility costs and usage and compare it to neighboring schools and the national average. Over time, this data analysis has the potential to find possible billing errors and identify opportunities for savings. Training will be offered to school district personnel on how to manage their portfolio accounts.

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