OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) --The Tennessee Valley Authority and Oxford Electric Department has presented a check to the Oxford School District as part of a program to save energy and to help educate students about energy efficieny.
The check for $126,477 was given to school officials Wednesday morning during a ceremony at Oxford High School.
The incentive payment is part of the Energy Right Solutions program offered by TVA and local power suppliers that pays homes, schools, and businesses who take action to save energy.
School officials say changes they made have saved more than $105,000 in the last two years.
They say the energy efficiency efforts began in 2009 through a two-year Green Schools pilot program funded by TVA.
When the program ended, the school district and Oxford Electric Department joined forces to continue the energy saving measures.
Those included changing light bulbs, using natural light when possible in well-lit areas, setting standards for thermostat control for heating and cooling systems, and keeping doors closed.
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting and cooling account for 52 percent of electricity use in U.S. kindergarten through high schools.