Energy efficiencies have saved the Dublin City School District more than a little pocket change. AEP last week awarded the district with a $288,001 check for electricity savings at an April 23 Dublin Board of Education meeting.

Energy efficiencies have saved the Dublin City School District more than a little pocket change. AEP last week awarded the district with a $288,001 check for electricity savings at an April 23 Dublin Board of Education meeting.

Andy McCabe, AEP manager of commercial and industrial programs, presented the check to Dublin in behalf of the company's Grid Smart program.

"Energy efficiency is tough," McCabe said. "Dublin City Schools has really done more than just scratch the surface ... . There are opportunities for savings for a long, long time."

The district worked with the Bruner Co. on a $5.7-million project that is expected to pay for itself within 15 years. The $5.7-million loan came interest free from the state.

The district replaced boilers with high-efficiency models, energy efficient lighting throughout the district, more energy efficient HVAC systems and HVAC scheduling that ensures the buildings are comfortable, but cutting down on waste.

A solar hot water system was also installed at Jerome High School that saves money and serves as a lesson for students.

Dublin Business Director Annette Morud applauded the Bruner Co. for working with students on solar learning and giving the district constant tips about being more energy efficient.

With the work done, McCabe said, the district has saved 3.2 million kilowatt hours. The average household uses about 14,000 kilowatt hours each year, he said.

Other matters

In other district news, eight retiring teachers were recognized by the Board of Education.

Karrer Middle School staff members Kathy Grinch and Marilyn Greco were honored for their service.

Six teachers from Indian Run Elementary School were also recognized and Principal Janet Rinefierd said their combined educational experience came to 140 years. Teachers William "Max" Brand, Nancy Burns, Elizabeth Costello, Sharon Lopez-Ross, Tonia Souder and Julianne Tewart were honored for their service to the district.