TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Twin Falls School District is on the road to becoming more energy efficient.
Idaho Power representatives presented the South Hills Middle School with a check totaling more than $97,000 for energy efficient upgrades made to the building.
This includes HVAC equipment, energy efficient exit signs, a reflective roof treatment and controlling air temperature based on occupancy.
"We have sensors for all our lights so that when rooms are not occupied, lights don't continue to stay on," said Ryan Bowman, TFSD director of operations, as an example.
"This facility is going to save about 460,000 kilowatt-hours annually, and that's enough energy to run 40 homes on an annual basis," said Chris Bell with the Idaho Power.
This stems from Idaho Powers new construction program for commercial customers who build a brand new building or conduct a major remodel with energy efficient upgrades.
The school district also received an incentive of nearly $89,000 for energy saving efforts at Pillar Falls Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary through the program.
School officials say they're always looking for ways to get older facilities up to par with their newer ones.