STORY: Diocesan-wide Energy Savings Project
Child Care Facility Makeover Saves Money
Rich Vannucci, Project Director, Building Commission, Diocese of Venice, sent this story:
I have been exploring energy efficiency programs for our facilities with MUCH success. Currently, I have assembled a 10 item 'menu' of programs that will save our campuses at least 25% in energy and 25% in water usage. It is our goal to reach the 33% - 50% savings and God willing, install Solar PV's throughout our diocese to come close to getting us 'off-grid'.
Our energy provider selected one of our programs that received a new efficient AC unit; new duct work; window tinting; programmable thermostats; new light fixtures; UV Light air handlers; new faucets/toilets and the like. St. Martha's Early Learning Center in Sarasota, FL is now enjoying energy efficient upgrades that should help the center save up to $1,000 a year. FPL's Nonprofit Energy Makeover team joined forces with several community businesses to provide the upgrades. St. Marthas provides child care to pre-school age children from low-income families, and every dollar saved on its electric bill is a dollar that can be used to help others. See the video about St. Martha's here. Read the full story here.
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