Pet Shelter Hopes to Save on Electricity

By Al Pefley  email

Jupiter, FL (WFLX)

A pet shelter in our area is getting an energy makeover.

Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital in Jupiter is the first non-profit in our area to get a "business energy evaluation" from Florida Power and Light.  This has been done for numerous businesses in the past,  but not for non-profits.

FPL donated its time and supplies, and contractors donated their labor to put in new high-efficiency lighting, programmable thermostats and other things that they say will save Safe Harbor an estimated $2900 a year in electricity costs.

"We think it's important for all of our business customers to understand how to operate efficiently and lower their energy bills," said Matt Macon, FPL small/medium business regional manager.

"If we're saving $2900 a year, that's $2900 we could be putting towards  surgery on an animal that's coming into our no-kill facility that needs medical care, so it all balances out," said Safe Harbor's Kay-Lynette Roca.

She says Safe Harbor's cash donations have dropped by 70% recently, so saving on monthly electric bills will really help.