The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this month is awarding its Triple E Award¬—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to Azalea Trace for demonstrating “E” for effort in using cost-effective energy efficiency. With over 256 geothermal wells, the retirement community is the largest “premier geothermal heat pump technology facility” in Northwest Florida.
“The PSC is pleased to recognize Azalea Trace for its implementation of PSC-approved, cost-effective conservation programs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We congratulate Dave Morgan, Operations Manager, for his facility’s two-fold energy savings—through efficient water heating and improved air-conditioning—and hope other small businesses will follow suit, working with their local utility to help reduce their energy footprint.”
Morgan said, “We’re very proud of our 4-ton heat pump water heater in our ‘24/7’ laundry center. Gulf Power Company (Gulf) helped make energy efficiency more affordable, so we can better serve our Azalea Trace residents. We’re honored to accept this award and look forward to sharing our experiences with other senior communities that are seeking to lower their energy costs.”
“Through Gulf Power’s EarthCents programs, customers can save energy and money in the buildings they work, learn, and live in everyday. And when businesses save energy, their customers save money,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power Corporate Communications Manager. “Anyone can start saving by calling to ask for a free Energy Checkup by one of our energy experts or by conducting their own Checkup online at MyGulfPower.com.”
The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity. Through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, the PSC approves conservation programs for the state’s five investor-owned utilities, JEA, and the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each month the PSC will give its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. Look for PSC Triple E Award recipients throughout 2014 under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage, www.floridapsc.com.
About Azalea Trace
Azalea Trace, an ACTS Retirement-Life Community in Pensacola, is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people age 62 and above that combines residential apartment homes with a comprehensive range of long-term care services, including assisted living and skilled care residences. Located on a large 120-acre campus just minutes from the Gulf Coast’s main attractions, Azalea Trace offers resort-style senior living and the assurance of health care to create a lifestyle choice that's second to none for variety, security and value. Please visit ACTSAzaleaTrace.org and follow ACTS on Twitter @ACTSRetirement.
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