BERLIN — An energy efficiency incentive program saved roughly $100,000 across Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) last year.
The incentive program offered schools funding as a reward for reducing a building’s energy output. Of the 14 WCPS, 10 were able to reduce their energy usage enough to qualify for the incentives. Chief Financial Officer Vincent Tolbert briefed the Board of Education on the results of the program, which took place during the last school year, at the board’s August meeting.
“Overall we reduced energy over 870,000kwh … total savings were about $100,000 for the six-month timeframe and about $52,000 of that is going back to the schools as financial incentives,” he said. “They’ll be able to use that money for instructional supplies for the classroom. So the money that would have been paid for energy is now being put back in the classroom for the kids.”