fpl_employee_web.jpgThe New Life Family Center, a transitional housing center for homeless families, received energy-efficiency upgrades from Florida Power & Light Company recently that are estimated to save the center about $5,000 annually on its energy bills.

“FPL is a company committed to ‘do the right thing.’ That means providing affordable, reliable energy to our customers and supporting the communities where we live and serve,” FPL Area Manager Eloy Villasuso said in a statement.

He said Confianza Window Tinting and Miami-Dade Air, both FPL-certified contractors, donated their labor to help the power company with the energy makeover.

“Now, the center will be cooler in this summer heat and save money, which means more resources for the people it helps,” Villasuso said.

The upgrades  included replacing the center’s air conditioning wall units, repairing air conditioning duct work, sealing in cool air with weather stripping for doors and applying window tinting to windows facing west for protection against heat.

“The money we are going to save on our energy bill will allow us to put more much-needed funds in our programs,” said Tessa Painson, director of New Life Center, 3620 NW First Ave., Miami.

Adela Canales, a former resident of New Life Family Center, who now volunteers her time, credits the facility with turning her life around after she became homeless with two kids in tow, aged 6 and 8.

“Thanks to New Life, I went back to school and now have my own apartment,” Canales said. “It makes me so happy to see this center getting help after all they do for this community. There’s no place that deserves this more.”

New Life serves between 500 and 800 households, making available services in homelessness prevention, and  houses more than 100 people each year.

The money saved by reducing the center’s energy bill will help it provide additional support and services and also assist residents to learn about the benefits of responsible energy consumption, Painson said.

To get ready for the energy upgrades, New Life first underwent FPL’s free business energy evaluation which can help all businesses and organizations learn about managing their energy use and save on their monthly bills.

For more information on New Life Family Center, call 305-573-3333.


COOL AIR: A Miami-Dade Air employee replaces an old, inefficient cooling fan with a new energy-efficient unit at New Life Family Center in the Wynwood Art District of Miami as part of Florida Power & Light's nonprofit energy makeover program.