LED making future bright for Bellbrook Sugarcreek Schools

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) — Bellbrook Sugarcreek Schools have flipped the switch to go completely LED with lighting, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.

It’s the first school district in Ohio to make the move.

“It was an easy decision. There’s an estimate we’re going to save about $130-some-thousand a year, just on the LED part of the project,” said Superintendent Dr. Keith St. Pierre.

The district shut off the old florescent bulbs and switched to new LED lighting because of the low cost, efficiency, and long life.

“The florescents had ballasts in them so you had to change the bulb. LEDs don’t have any ballasts, so it’s not only energy savings, it’s maintenance and cost,” said Dr. St. Pierre.

The LEDS are expected to last 20 years.

The measure is part of a $1.8 million dollar energy conservation project, working with Energy Optimizers. The project also includes replacing some aging boilers and chillers with more energy efficient equipment. Schools will be using 60% less energy, which translates into a quarter of a million dollars in savings each year.

“It’ll certainly keep our cost down. Anything we do to keep our cost down means it’s longer between levies,” admitted Dr. St. Pierre.

Bellbrook Sugarcreek schools hope to have all LED lights installed by fall, making the future bright for students and taxpayers.

The district expects to see a payback on the improvements within less than ten years.

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