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Going green definitely pays in Harrison Hills

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CADIZ- Harrison Hills City Schools are seeing green in more ways than one by reaping the benefits of being more environmentally friendly.

Superintendent Dr. George Ash recently announced that the district doubled its reward for participating in a rebate program through American Electric Power. Last year, the district installed energy-efficient lighting at Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School and Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale and was due to receive about $8,600 for those efforts. However, Dr. Ash indicated the district gained significantly more money as a result.

“Initially, we thought we would get about $8,000 from the AEP reimbursement,” he said. “We got a check for over $17,000.”

AEP offers incentives for commercial customers who have implemented energy efficiency upgrades. Harrison Hills had nearly 1,300 lights retrofitted in the two schools to be economically and environmentally conservative. The district also participated in a project through Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to make improvements to buildings while the cost savings would pay for the work. Those projects are reviewed and approved by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

“It was for 0-percent interest and the money we save in electricity will pay for the project,” Dr. Ash added. “Going green does pay.”

Those are just some of the improvements Harrison Hills has made to buildings. This summer, they spent more than $300,000 in Permanent Improvement Levy funds for separate painting, paving, drainage, landscaping and other updates. Next up is a plan this fall to replace rusted doors for improved safety and reduced heating costs.

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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