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Medford School District, Medford

Estimated annual bill savings: $150,000

Medford School District upgraded lighting in several schools and renovated or constructed six schools to standards exceeding Oregon Energy Code, taking full advantage of Energy Trust services and cash incentives. These investments save the district more than $70,000 in energy costs every year.

In 2015, Medford became the first school district in Oregon to enroll in Energy Trust’s commercial Strategic Energy Management initiative, where district employees received training and tools over a 10-month period. They learned how to track energy use at all 19 district buildings, using the data to change behavior and make no- or low-cost operations and maintenance improvements, cutting annual energy costs by another $80,900. Almost half of the savings came from one commonsense decision to disconnect computers and appliances during summer break.

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