Schools wanting to go a little greener can get interest-free loans from the State Energy Program.

The program, which falls under the Utah Geological Survey, is accepting applications from public schools wanting to improve energy efficiency.

Loans of up to $250,000, aimed at saving energy and taxpayer dollars, will come from a $5 million revolving fund established last legislative session. As loans are repaid, the money becomes available for more projects.

"As we're trying to teach kids to be responsible stewards of our resources, schools can lead by example by reducing their environmental impacts," program manager Philip Powlick said in a prepared statement.

Applications have been sent to district offices and school boards, or call 537-3365 for a form. Applications are due Dec. 7.

Details on the program may be found at www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r638/r638-003.htm.