Pasco school district officials tout energy savings
Three years ago, Pasco County school district officials determined that they could save some money if their energy operations were consolidated and centralized. They talked with outside consultants, but ultimately charged district maintenance staff with the job.
This week, they announced that the effort has so far proven successful.
According to state data, the district's cost for electricity in 2014-15 was 89 cents per square foot, down 19 cents per foot from three years earlier and 29 cents lower than the state average. Only four Florida districts spent less than Pasco, compared to 30 districts in 2011-12.
Superintendent Kurt Browning said the reductions meant the the district spent $2.2 million less on electricity in 2015 than 2012. That savings, he said, has gone directly into classroom expenses.
He expected to see continued improvements and to look for other areas for savings.