FRANKLIN, Ind. – Everyone's looking for a way to save a bit of money, and one Johnson County school district seems to have found the answer.
Franklin Community School Corporation saved nearly $350,000 last year by doing a few simple things.
For several years, the schools have gone above and beyond to make an effort to turn off every light in every building and shut off every computer in every classroom at the end of the day.
And it’s really paying off.
Turning down the heat or air conditioning and posting signs in different rooms on turning off lights has helped, too.
Another tactic: The schools use one bulb – not three – in overhead lights.
It saved the district $336,000 last year, and $900,000 in the last four years.
Director of Operations Bill Doty says to save this money, they rely on teachers and administrators to do their part.
Teachers have also been asked to eliminate power-wasters like personal heaters, desktop coffee warmers and personal refrigerators. Doty calls these “low-hanging fruit” in the grand scheme of things.
One of the next steps to save even more will be putting LED lightbulbs in several school gyms.