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Topeka area school district saves $336K

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Topeka school district saved more than $336,000 since starting an energy conservation program last year.

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 board members learned Monday night the district has saved $336,198 since it began the conservation program. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/19eDGaE ) the energy savings were from November 2012 to August 2013.

The district has saved 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 196,900 gallons of water.

School board members in January approved the energy conservation policy, which entails reducing energy use by doing such things as changing set points on thermostats and using automatic sensors for some lighting fixtures.

Superintendent Brenda Dietrich said in January the program is expected to save the district about $4.3 million during a 10-year period.