The goal of the Saving Energy in Public Schools program is to reduce energy use in West Virginia public schools by 10 percent.
The program will assist county school systems by providing training in ENERGY STAR® benchmarking and financial tools such as Portfolio Manager and TargetFinder. The West Virginia University Institute of Technology, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Division of Energy, will provide energy audits to individual school systems in support of their benchmarking activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many schools are participating?
A. Forty-two of West Virginia’s 55 county school systems have been trained to use ENERGY STAR® benchmarking tools.
Q. How can schools know they are doing well?
A. Benchmarking is a first step in identifying energy costs and potential energy savings areas. Benchmarking activity provides a comparative score based on the score of similar buildings across the nation. A school that has a score in the 75th percentile or above is eligible for an ENERGY STAR® Building Label. Schools that improve their scores by 10 percent to 30 percent a year above their initial score also are eligible to win recognition for their efforts.