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Doddridge County Schools Make Strides Toward Energy Efficiency

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The first day of school is just around the corner and this year every student in Doddridge County will be walking into newly renovated energy efficient buildings.

Doddridge County is making strides to save energy. The elementary, middle, high school and Board of Education building will all be seeing changes to make this possible.

"In each of our schools they are looking at the lighting, and the savings with that, both inside and outside lighting," said Alvin Ross, General Director of Doddridge County Schools.

In addition to new lighting in every building, Doddridge County Middle School has a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC).

"Our middle school is the oldest of the three which we are now working on 21 years old. The life expectancy of an HVAC system is 15 to 20 years so we are in the latter stages of that," explained Ross.

The School Building Authority funded the project and also suggested the county try energy performance contracting.

"The school building authority was promoting that in order to do the upgrades on the HVAC system in the middle school was to team it with some performance contracting in the sense of lighting in the school," Ross said.

Ross explained that over time the HVAC system and new lighting fixtures will save enough money and energy that the county will receive rebates and that will pay for the upgrades.

Ross said one of the best things about trying to become more energy efficient is the affect it has on students.

"I believe that's as important as anything. Students see that and realize renewable energy by the time they come my age, what they have and what is going to be used and what's going to be needed," Ross said.

The HVAC system will be ready before students start school on Thursday, August 15.