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Loan helps Children's Beach House boost energy efficiency

November 26, 2021

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

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

Atlantic Refrigeration installed a variable refrigerant flow system which allows staff to control the heating and cooling in each room. The ductless heating system is 30 percent more efficient than conventional HVAC systems.

The VRF system will provide better comfort, perform at high capacity and save money because of its energy efficiency. The building’s fluorescent fixtures and incandescent lighting all have been replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.

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

In 2000, a two-building facility was erected on the property. In 2010, the Children's Beach House Inc. had a Level I energy audit and then a second Level II energy audit to further evaluate the potential cost of savings strategies, and determine what systems were the best fit.

"We work with kids, which means we have to look to the future, set an example and reduce the dependency on fossil fuel 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 year-round; the HVAC and lighting get a workout. I am looking forward to seeing the energy savings."

"Our low-interest loan program is designed to be cash positive, where energy savings are greater than the cost of the loan. We are always excited when we can help nonprofits like the Children’s Beach House,” said Tony DePrima, executive director of Energize Delaware.

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