HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - They say story time for the youngsters at East Hancock Elementary is much more comfortable on the inside of the school because energy efficiency HVAC units are working on the outside. The school district is currently working with Coast Electric to overhaul their heating and cooling units to be more energy efficient and save money.
"Once they replace these units with the energy efficiency units, it helps save us money on the long end, and it also gives us an opportunity to get a rebate on the front end,” said Alan Dedeaux, Hancock County Schools Superintendent.
Coast Electric believes everyone saves in the end with energy efficiency.
“When especially large loads, like the Hancock School system, can save on their energy use, that means we reduce load on our system, and that means we don’t have to produce as much energy. So, that means everyone saves in the end,” said April Lollar, Coast Electric Spokesperson.
School district officials say the new energy efficient HVAC units will save them between $60,000 and $65,000 a year on their utility bills.
“Well, the heat pumps have come a long way,” said Phillippe Michel, Coast Electric Sr. Energy Representative. “They’re much more energy efficient. The thing that makes it more efficient is that as long as it’s above 35 degrees outside, which it typically is here, you’re going to get three dollars of heat for every dollar you spend on electricity.”