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School district earns an ‘A’ for energy savings

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If energy efficiency could be graded, Alexandria School District 206 would definitely earn an A.

After a host of energy improvements made to Discovery Middle School (DMS), the school’s energy use was cut by 45 percent.


From 2010 to 2012, natural gas consumption decreased by 45 percent and electric use decreased 39 percent.

Compared to 2010 performance, the school district saved about $220,000 in 2011 and 2012, according to the state’s B3 Benchmark data.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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