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Energy efficiency makeover benefits local animal shelter
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Posted: 2012 Jul 27 - 00:32

Central Brevard Humane Society could save $2,200 per year on electric bill

By Meagan McGone

mmcgone@hometownnewsol.com

COCOA - If animals could talk, they would be giving great thanks to Florida Power and Light.

On July 19, the electric utility company gave the Cocoa-based Central Brevard Humane Society an energy efficiency makeover, which will allow the no-kill shelter to save as much as $2,200 on its yearly power costs.

"On our power bill, we currently spend somewhere between $600 to $800 per month," said Theresa Clifton, executive director of the Central Brevard Humane Society. "We have five air conditioning units in a 60-year-old building, and we are trying to keep 175 to 200 animals comfortable."

As part of the energy efficiency makeover, Florida Power and Light replaced the shelter's light fixtures with LED lights, installed new air conditioners and pumped insulation into the shelter's attic.

Sandy Sanderson, Florida Power and Light's regional director for external affairs, said the company donates energy efficiency makeovers to four homes and four nonprofit organizations throughout Florida every year.

"We are so happy to help this particular organization because every dollar saved, with their new energy efficient equipment, is one more dollar that they can use to help the animals," he said.

Ms. Clifton said the generosity of Florida Power and Light, which also employed local businesses to execute the makeover, would benefit the shelter and the community in the long run.

"Between the insulation, light fixtures and AC units, there is a huge difference," she said. "It's phenomenal. Our animals would be going, 'Yay! Thank you!' if they could right now."

For about information about FPL's role in the community, visit www.fpl.com/community.




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