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Reduced energy costs brighten Salvation Army center in Denver

15 Jun. 2017

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Reduced energy costs brighten Salvation Army center in Denver

 

New equipment increases efficiency and opportunities

Dozens of folks striving to turn their lives around at The Salvation Army’s Denver Adult Rehabilitation Center are benefiting from a brighter outlook, thanks to something as simple as better lighting.

Energy Outreach Colorado is managing an extensive project to lower energy costs by installing efficient lighting at the six-building, 145,000 square-foot Salvation Army campus on north Broadway. About $52,400 in improvements have lightened a previously dim warehouse where tons of incoming donations to the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) are sorted. The annual savings in electricity costs are projected at $10,300.

As part of The Salvation Army’s onsite, faith-based residential substance abuse treatment program, 130 men and women work at the warehouse, along with staff and volunteers. The lighting upgrades “improved morale immediately,” said Shawn McAuley, production manager at the center, and addressed a “hodge-podge of low-voltage lighting and older fixtures and ballasts.”

“Staff who sort through donations can see better and as a result are able to arrange and organize more efficiently,” he added. “The outside lighting is also brighter, which is safer for drivers who deliver donations.”

The aging buildings in the campus were constructed between 1960 and 1974. Energy Outreach Colorado also is managing the installation of an additional $84,800 in energy efficient lighting at the campus’ resale store, resident dormitories, a counseling center and offices. The additional annual savings in electricity costs are projected at $10,000.

The project is funded by Xcel Energy utility rebates and grants from the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships and Energy Outreach Colorado.

“We plan to use the energy cost savings to provide more people with more opportunities to turn their lives around,” McAuley said. The Salvation Army’s residential treatment program is free to participants who often have exhausted all other resources, and is funded by sales at its family thrift stores.

(PIctured at top, Brooke Pike, EOC program manager and Shawn McAuley, production manager with The Salvation Army.)

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Upgraded lighting brightens warehouse where ARC donations are sorted.

 

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