The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this month is awarding its Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to Village on the Green, one of Lifespace’s Communities, for demonstrating “E” for effort in using cost-effective energy efficiency. Recently, the community has increased energy efficiency by replacing 51 Air Conditioning units—with plans to replace an additional 30 to realize even more efficiency and cost savings.
“The PSC is pleased to recognize Village on the Green for its implementation of PSC-approved, cost-effective conservation programs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We congratulate the leadership of Ansley Holt, Executive Director, whose retirement community’s energy savings measures are projected to save 148,158 kWh annually. We hope other small businesses will follow suit, working with their local utility to help reduce their energy footprint.”
“We’re very proud of our commitment to save energy and protect Florida’s environment,” Holt said. “We worked closely with Duke Energy Florida’s (DEF) team to install a ‘Cool Roof’--covering 42,000 square feet of conditioned space--and to seal the ducts in 42 individual living residences, while also upgrading our Air Conditioning units. We’re honored to accept this award and enhance the way we serve residents. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other senior living communities seeking to lower their energy costs.”
“In today’s competitive business environment, energy efficiency is a key element in maintaining a healthy bottom line. DEF’s energy efficiency programs are designed to provide cost-effective, energy-saving services for small business customers who do not have the time, financial resources, or in-house expertise necessary to analyze and reduce their energy usage,” said Alan Swisher, DEF’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Manager. “DEF’s expert guidance helps small businesses, such as Village on the Green, determine their energy future based on the most innovative technology available.”
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 gives 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 Village on the Green
Retirement living, Florida-style: Good friends, fascinating possibilities and an interesting life. Village on the Green, a Lifespace Community, offers the full continuum of care for residents, serving as the foundation of a lifestyle rich with friendship and adventures. Residential options include maintenance-free independent living apartment homes or villas, as well as on-site skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. Residents enjoy a full range of services and amenities, such as a library, hair salon, fitness center, art studio, and Lifespace Communities’ comprehensive FitSix® wellness program. Lifespace Communities is a not-for-profit sponsor of 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states. For more information, please call (407) 788-2300 or visit: www.VillageOnTheGreenRC.com.
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