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April 05, 2004

Florida Schools Launch On-Line Energy Monitoring

The public schools in Florida's Orange County are the first in the nation to try a new on-line energy monitoring system that tracks, evaluates, and charts energy use in the schools. The new system, called the "Utility Report Card," was launched on April 5th by DOE, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Orange County Public Schools, and the Walt Disney World Company.

The information system helps school districts to monitor energy used by individual schools during everyday activities, allowing districts to implement operation and maintenance changes to reduce consumption. Teachers and students can also examine on-line data to learn more about smart energy use and efficiency as a complement to DOE's EnergySmart Schools education program. See the DOE press release and the EnergySmart Schools program Web site.