Area school district going green

Published 08/15 2013 12:27PM

Updated 08/15 2013 12:32PM

HOOPESTON -- The school district is saving green by going green. It's adding two propane-powered school buses to its fleet.

It's expected to save $3,000 a year for fuel costs. It might not sound like a lot, but district leaders say it adds up, especially with diesel prices on the rise.

The district got the buses in Wednesday. They're the first ones in Vermilion County to try it. The buses will be used for at least ten years. In that time, the district expects to save $70,000 on fuel costs.

They say, not only is propane cheaper, it also burns cleaner. Hoopeston says they're very excited about the buses. They're looking into buying more in the future.

They won't be the only ones with propane buses for long. The Champaign School District has purchased two as well. They'll be delivered first thing Thursday.

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