The mission of the School Board of Polk County’s Department of Energy Management is to help improve energy efficiency to save the nonrenewable resources of the planet; help maintain a quality learning environment for students, teachers, and staff; and help save dollars that the district can productively reinvest in ongoing educational activities.

Since its inception in 1991, the energy management department has achieved a cost avoidance of more than $89,000,000. While the district's square footage has increased by over 74 percent, electricity usage has increased by only 17 percent and gas and water usage have actually decreased by 40 percent and almost 35 percent respectively.

Consumption vs. Square Footage Graph

Click here to view Polk's Case Study from Southeast Rebuild Collaborative (SRC)

The average yearly cost per student for electricity, water, and gas in our Polk County public schools is about:

  • Elementary school student $150
  • Middle school student $160
  • Senior school student $180

Energy Star

Energy StarThe ENERGY STAR program is a partnership of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. EPA awarded Polk County School Board with the distinction of Leader’s Top Performer for maintaining a portfolio-wide average of 95. The district earned toe ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance for 119 schools.

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Energy Saving Tips

  • Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents- saves about 75% of cost
  • Install a time control on water heater- so water heater is on only when needed
  • Turn up thermostat especially when you are not home –saves 5-7% for each degree turned up
  • Seal around doors and windows- keeps out hot air and humidity
  • Turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room
  • Close Blinds Inside Up or Tint Windows to keep out sun’s rays which increase temperature and fade furnishings
  • Put electronics on a power strip and turn off strip when not in use- electronics consume electricity when plugged in even when turned off
  • Buy Energy Star rated appliances - Click Link to see what makes a product Energy Star efficient

Myths and Facts

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Energy Related Websites

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