FPL Helps Flip the Switch on the Giving Season at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County

Brian Quail
December 12, 2011

The holidays are the busiest time of year here are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.  As one of the largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in the nation, with more than 13,000 youth members at 13 facilities, we couldn’t be more thrilled when Florida Power & Light Company chose our Nan Knox Unit to receive a free energy makeover. Because of FPL and S & H Lighting, the kids we help and the future families that will use our services will have brighter days.

The makeover included an overhaul of outdated lighting in our gym and the replacement of old, inefficient light bulbs with high-efficiency fixtures. This measure is worth $6,200 and is going to save us $1,500 a year on our energy bill. We often tell community members during the holidays that “a little goes a long way,” and I’ve now found that’s also the case when it comes to taking steps to save energy.

My favorite moment was the reaction from the children as they happily accepted the holiday gifts donated by FPL to place under the tree for safe keeping. The children also learned how to combine fun and energy savings as they helped the FPL experts decorate the children’s activity room in efficient, LED holiday lights.  The brightest lights of the day were definitely on the kids’ faces.

So, what does all this savings mean? Well, the more dollars we save on operational costs, the more at-risk children we can assist by providing a positive alternative to the streets. We’re so thankful to FPL and S & H Lighting for making our holidays, and those of the children we serve, even brighter and for the year-round savings we will be able to reinvest in our community programs.

 Happy holidays to all!

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