Stuart music school goes green, reaps benefits

Big payoff for going green

STUART, Fla. - The Stuart School of Music transformed its facility two years ago making it the first green music school in the nation.

"It's wonderful, we love it and so do the parents and students," says the school's director Cindy Kessler.

Kessler installed solar panels and also made the facility more energy efficient by changing the windows and sliders and adding more insulation.

The amount of savings has been music to Kessler's ears.

"We used to have bills that were over $400 a month and now the bills are $80 to $100 a month," adds Kessler.

The renovations cost upwards of $60,000, but Kessler says it's only a matter of time before the investment will pay for itself.

The school is open year-round and home to about 300 students who have also noticed a difference in the air quality.

"It's amazing you are almost blown away," says one student. Kessler hopes she will continue to be blown away by the green she is saving by going green.



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