Energy savings pay off at St. Patrick’s School

June 27, 2013

McCook, Neb. – Energy efficiency can pay off.

This Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m., Nebraska Public Power District will present an EnergyWiseSM incentive check of $3,656 to Father Gary Brethauer of St. Patrick School for lighting upgrades at the school. Presenting the check for NPPD will be Energy Efficiency Consultant Steve Walker and Distribution Superintendent Brian Buhr.

Assisted by NPPD, St. Patrick’s completed an energy efficiency audit and implemented an EnergyWiseSM program to attain energy savings at the school. The program has been a resounding success.

The school changed 251, T12 fluorescent light fixtures to more energy efficient, T8 fluorescent light fixtures. It is estimated that St. Patrick’s School will save 28,250 kilowatt (kWh) hours annually and reduce demand for energy by 6.4 kilowatts. This equates to an estimated annual savings of $2,825.

NPPD uses the term EnergyWiseSM to identify a series of energy efficiency incentive programs offered to customers. The incentive check is a payment for the successful completion of an EnergyWiseSM lighting replacement project at the school.

Helping customers find ways to use energy wisely is a key component of NPPD’s business strategy. “In addition to helping customers save money and being the right thing to do, energy efficiency and conservation help NPPD,” said Walker. “Energy efficiency helps us control costs by delaying construction of more power generation facilities, which can be prohibitively expensive.”

Walker added, “NPPD is pleased to partner with St. Patrick’s School on this energy efficiency initiative, and we’re very excited at the success they’ve achieved in reducing energy usage now and in the future. We hope this success will motivate other customers to follow the same path.”

For more information on NPPD’s EnergyWiseSM programs, go to and click on Save Energy.

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