AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Most people know to turn off the lights when you leave a room to save some money on electricity, but how much could be saved if a whole school district did it.
In Sumter County, the answer is more than $450,000.
Since December 2008, schools around the county have followed a program to bring down the energy costs.
They unplugged computers, turned out lights and put the air conditioners and heaters on timers to keep them from running so much. While there was some resistance at first, in the end turning off the lights saved more than just money.
Kimothy Hadley, the Principal of Sumter County Middle School said, "it will have a positive impact meaning that if you have teachers to teach the child instead of losing a teacher and overpopulating the classroom."
Sumter County Schools estimates that the savings to the system over the last 18 moths equates to being able to keep 11 teachers on staff.