The Diocese of Venice (Diocese) has earned the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) April Triple E Award for Energy Efficiency efforts by exploring energy efficiency with its utility, implementing their suggestions, and reducing its energy consumption.
“By making a smart energy efficiency investment, the Diocese was able to reduce one of its highest expenses—its electric bill—and expand services for parishioners,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown.
The Diocese contacted Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to ensure its plans for more classrooms and a gymnasium at St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota were energy efficient, since the school already had a high electric bill. Following FPL’s recommendations, the Diocese invested in a new high-efficiency Thermal Energy Storage system, allowing on-peak electricity use and lower energy bills. St. Martha is projected to reduce electric use by about 20 percent, saving an estimated $3,000 or more per month.
“When a parish is considering energy efficiency measures, the overriding concern is financial,” said Susan Laielli, Director of Communications at DOV. “We worked with FPL on financing rebates to ensure that our decision was feasible and would benefit parishioners. We hope our energy efficiency commitment is an example to our members—and to the community—that we’ll continue to be a good steward of our financial and environmental resources.”
“FPL applauds the Diocese of Venice for making a prudent investment that will help them reduce energy use and provide immediate and long-term savings,” said Brad Gunter, Manager of FPL DSM Energy Efficiency Programs. “All FPL customers—business and residential—have the opportunity to benefit from FPL’s free energy evaluations and its Demand Side Management programs to help reduce their energy use and monthly bills.”
About Diocese of Venice in Florida
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Venice in Florida was founded on June 16, 1984 by Pope John Paul II and consists of about 60 parishes and 14 schools in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. Call 941-484-9543, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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