Harry Wessel - Energy Champion!

Kenton County School District has discovered that the key to saving energy is to educate and empower the people responsible for the day-to-day operation of each school. Every school needs an "Energy Champion" who understands how their HVAC and lighting systems should operate. Once educated, they use New Energy Technology’s Energy Center to easily monitor daily electricity usage and work with building occupants and support personnel to achieve and sustain best practice.


When New Energy Technology (NET) began working for Kenton County School District, Harry Wessel was the Plant Manager of Dixie Heights High School. He was eager to learn about strategies to reduce energy use during the summer break, and he embraced the improved reporting and communication tools offered through NET’s Energy Center. As shown in the graph below, Harry saved his school over $2,700 in just one week. Over the course of the summer, Harry racked-up savings to the tune of $12,500 and improved his ENERGY STAR rating by 9 points!

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EPA National Building Contest

Kenton County School Distirct has ten schools competing in this years Battle of the Buildings. It's going to be fun to watch and learn how the schools will work off their energy waste. Here is the list of schools competing:

Ft. Wright Elementary, Kenton Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Scott High, Simon Kenton High, Summitview Campus K-8, Taylor Mill Elementary, The Academies High School, Woodland Middle and White Tower Elementary.

Earth Day is April 22nd!

April 22, 2012

Congratulations for supporting your school’s energy program! By saving energy as a district-wide community, you are saving money, saving energy and helping the environment!

District Energy Wise News

E=WISE2 Team Training


On January 15th and 16th the Kenton County School District E=Wise2 teams traveled to the Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering Academy to receive training.

Karen Reagor from NEED, Jayson Miller from New Energy Technology and Chris Baker (Kenton County Energy Systems Coordinator) trained the students and teachers from the elementary, middle and high school E=WISE2 teams . Students and teachers learned how to use the tools in their E=WISE2 toolkits and the district Energy Center website to evaluate energy usage in their buildings and how to submit an energy project to NEED to possibly win a trip to the National NEED conference in Washington D.C.! The Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering students assisted the students in learning how to use their tools and presented the “Lights Out for Desk Lamps” project. The students learned how to implement the desk lamp project in their schools to start saving energy right away.