Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is known for its progressive history, dating back more than a century. This legacy continues today as the church’s energy efficiency upgrades earned them the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) June Triple E Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts.
“When churches can save money on energy costs through efficiency measures, more funds can be used on their primary mission. This is the case with Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, and we’re very pleased to recognize them,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown.
Duke Energy Florida’s Commercial Assessment Team has worked with the church since 2014. During this time, the church installed Cool Roofs over two buildings totaling 25,400 square feet, Roof Deck Insulation, and a 40-ton efficient HVAC unit. The church is expecting to save about 62,000 kWh annually with these measures and will save even more energy when another HVAC unit installation is completed in July.
“Our church is strongly committed to incorporating energy efficiency measures, and Duke has helped us carry out that vision,” said Dana Roeling, Business Administrator/Education Director. “Our church mission is What started as ‘Yesterday's Vision’ became ‘Today's Reality,’ and that also typifies our energy efficiency efforts. The money that would have paid on our electric bill is instead benefitting the church’s work and many school programs.”
“Duke Energy worked with the church to find a variety of measures they could use to save money and make their facilities more energy efficient,” said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy state president–Florida. “The more our customers, such as Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, know about their energy use and our efficiency programs, the more opportunities they have to make a difference in reducing their bills.”
About Palm Harbor United Methodist Church
Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is passionate about its vision, “All Ages! All In! Loving God! Loving All! We welcome everyone into the life of the church no matter where you are in your faith journey.” With a membership of 1,000 families, the church began more than 100 years ago as Florida Southern College, a Methodist College in Leesburg. In 1902, the college moved to Sutherland, Florida (renamed Palm Harbor in 1925). In 2003, the first worship service was held in its current sanctuary, with a seating capacity of over 1,700. For more information, visit the church website.
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