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Grant helps DeSoto Co. go green

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The federal government is on track to help DeSoto County 'go green,' and in the process help residents save money.

County buildings in DeSoto County may soon be much more energy efficient, thanks in large part to a $297,000 block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

County Administrator Michael Garriga says the grant will ultimately help reduce costs.

"We'll have a team of experts to come in and look at the usage of energy from all those buildings, and determine what type of infrastructure or measures could be installed in each of our buildings to ultimately reduce costs," he said.

Buildings like the jail, courthouse and EMA offices just to name a few. Kenny Evans, Director of Buildings and Maintenance for the county, says it would cut costs, but he is also hoping to take that thought even further.

"I'm hoping to put a lot of the buildings on our computerized system to control the heating and air mainly, at the jail and courthouse," he said. "We already have it at the administration building."

According to Evans, last year's energy cost totals were approximately $100,000 dollars. Garriga says by making a few adjustments and bringing buildings up to standard, taxpayers will save big.

"As we continue to grow, we've got to provide services, and providing higher level services is going to be accommodated a lot better in DeSoto County if we reduce costs rather than raise taxes," he said.

Evans says he is currently looking at several measures, like turning off office computers and changing light bulb wattages in various buildings.

These are small things, he said, that will quickly amount to a large savings for the county.

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