NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Algonquin Regional High School with an ENERGY STAR award, in recognition of the school's efforts to conserve energy.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program sponsored by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR ratings use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation, according to the program.
The EPA rated Algonquin more energy efficient than 94 percent of similarly-sized schools in the country, said Algonquin Facilities Director Michael Gorman.
"For the last three years we've set a goal to be energy-star rated," Gorman said. "Some of our peers who saw the score said they haven't seen a 94 percent in a long time."
Gorman attributed much of the school's energy savings to better discipline. "Turn it off when you don't need it." he said. The savings in energy costs, he added, "go right back to education."