MONTGOMERY — The Friday and Saturday night lights at Barr-Reeve basketball games are a little brighter these days. The school system with the help of Energize Indiana has replaced the lighting in the main gym, the old northwest gym and the cafeteria at no cost. In all, the school system converted 73 lights in the school from an old inefficient lighting system to new energy saving small bulb incandescent fixtures.
”I saw something about doing the conversions online,” said Barr-Reeve Superintendent Travis Madison at Monday’s Barr-Reeve School Board meeting. “We checked it out and found we could get a double rebate by doing the changes.”
What would have normally been a $17,000 project will now cost the school system nothing. “We put up the initial money for the work but Energize Indiana is reimbursing us all of those costs,” said Madison.
Energize Indiana is a joint effort headed by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, participating utilities, and consumer organizations to offer energy savings to communities and schools around the state.
”We know we will be saving money in the long run,” said Madison. “Right now we don’t know how much. These are large areas where the lights are on a lot. We are going to cost it out, but we anticipate we’ll save a couple thousand dollars in each area.”
The school system almost missed out on the project. “We got into it kind of late,” said Madison. “We had to hustle around to find the lighting we needed. Fortunately, Damon Bailey has a business with those lights and he was able to get us what we needed.”
Barr-Reeve officials say they are looking forward to the savings. “We’ve been told they will use about one thirteenth of the energy of the previous lights,” said school board member Galen Graber.