The $787 billion economic stimulus package contains billions of dollars to help make school buildings more energy efficient--upgrades that could save individual schools thousands of dollars in operating expenses.

The candy machine at Henry Sibley High School in Minnesota knows when students are roaming the halls and automatically powers down when they've gone home. The basketball court still shines, but under the glow of fluorescent tubes that suck up a fraction of the juice the old lights used.

Thanks to such measures, energy costs across the school district in this Twin Cities suburb already are down by nearly a third. Officials want


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