Loan helps Children’s Beach House improve energy efficiency


The nonprofit Children’s Beach House recently received a low interest loan of $ 462,130 from Energize Delaware to increase the energy efficiency of the property located at 1800 Bay Ave., Lewes.

The need for a new heating system arose when the old system reached the end of its useful life.

Atlantic Refrigeration has installed a variable refrigerant flow system that allows staff to control the heating and air conditioning in each room. The ductless heating system is 30% more efficient than conventional HVAC systems.

The VRF system will provide better comfort, run at high capacity and save money due to its energy efficiency. Fluorescent fixtures and incandescent lighting in the building have all been replaced with energy efficient LEDs.

The mission of Children’s Beach House is to improve the lives of children, youth, families and communities by helping them identify, understand and use their own strengths, talents and resources. It operates a daytime child development program for preschoolers and a youth development program for ages 7-18.

In 2000, a two-building facility was erected on the property. In 2010, Children’s Beach House Inc. conducted a Level I energy audit, followed by a second Level II energy audit to further assess the potential cost of cost-saving strategies and determine the most suitable systems.

“We work with children, which means we need to look ahead, lead by example and reduce reliance on fossil fuels to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Richard T. Garrett, Executive Director of Children’s Beach House . “Our building is used almost every day of the week all year round; the HVAC and lighting are put to the test. I can’t wait to see the energy savings.”

“Our low interest loan program is designed to be cash positive, where the energy savings outweigh the cost of the loan. We are always happy when we can help nonprofits like the Children’s Beach House, ”said Tony DePrima, Executive Director of Energize. Delaware.


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