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Energy Efficiency: In Schools
In recent years schools' energy costs have been unpredictable. Unusually hot weather increases electric bills. Volatile natural gas prices can suddenly cause heating costs to soar.
What can Utah schools do? When there are increases in electrical and gas rates, Utah students, teachers, staff, and administrators can be proactive and take action to stave off high bills. Energy efficiency measures often have quick paybacks that allow a district to recover costs in only a few years.
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Utah Public School Energy Efficiency Fund Zero-Interest Loan Program
The Utah Geological Survey's State Energy Program is pleased to offer Utah public school districts this no-interest loan program to help finance energy efficiency improvements in public school buildings. Because the program ties loan payback periods to each district's projected energy savings, there is no net cost to the district while loans are being repaid.
Once the loan is repaid, the district then keeps all of the cost savings from the project. Loans may be between $5,000 and $250,000. The intent of this program is to assist public schools with upgrading their facilities, saving energy, saving on operating costs, and improving the environment in both their local communities and the state of Utah as a whole.