Kurn Hattin Homes Takes Energy Efficiency Challenge Seriously
April 9, 2012 | Westminster, Vermont – Kurn Hattin Homes is proud to be one of the sixty businesses and organizations participating in Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge to reduce energy use by 7.5% over the next two years.
Those wishing to reduce their oil and propane use by 7.5% are being helped, the primary focus of the challenge is electrical reduction. Efficiency Vermont is trying to reduce electrical use because electricity tends to be the most expense energy that businesses purchase. The challenge is to help businesses and organizations use less energy. According to Chuck Clerci, account manager at Efficiency Vermont, when large businesses and organizations reduce their energy consumption by 7.5%, it’s like taking many homes off the grid.
Kurn Hattin Homes has received an estimate that the proposed efficiency improvements at the Homes will save approximately $6,800 per year at the current energy rates. Improvements include changing over to high efficiency oil burners, replacing florescent lighting with LCD lights and updating water faucet heads for both septic and kitchen. This project will also reduce statewide energy consumption and improve the environment by saving an estimated 52,000kWh of electricity and 46,179 pounds of carbon emissions per year. With Energy Efficiency’s assistance, Kurn Hattin’s cost for these projects is reduced by more than a third and will yield over $6,000 in energy savings the first year. Kurn Hattin is determined to continue to do more to reduce its carbon footprint by working on a ten-year plan and instill in the youth and staff at the Homes the importance of being energy efficient. This initiative is imperative as we educate our students regarding their present and future environmental responsibilities and fulfill our immediate obligation toward increasing Kurn Hattin’s energy efficiency. The energy audit and the rebates have been a tremendous help to get Kurn Hattin’s energy efficiency project underway.
Efficiency Vermont, a private nonprofit organization, is helping Vermonters to reduce energy costs, strengthen the local economy, and protect the environment by making homes and businesses energy efficient. They provide technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help reduce energy costs with energy-efficient equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation. They also partner with contractors, suppliers, and retailers of efficient products and services throughout the state.
Kurn Hattin Homes is a year-round, charitable home and school for in-need and at-risk boys and girls, ages 6-15, from throughout the northeast.
Contact: Kim Fine
Kurn Hattin Homes
PO Box 127
Westminster, VT 05158
Tel: (802) 721-6914