Laurel Boys & Girls Club Launches Effort to Go Green and Cut Utility Spending by 40%

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Largest Club in the State of Maryland Sets Out to Reduce Energy Usage and Set Example for Boys and Girls Clubs Across the Country

The Laurel Boys & Girls Club (http://www.laurelboysandgirlsclub.org), in partnership with Maryland Green Power Co. (http://www.marylandgreenpower.com), is launching an aggressive program to reduce the club's energy output and subsequent spending by upwards of 40%.

In response to their more than $80,000/year utility bill, the LBGC accepted Maryland Green Power's offer to work pro-bono in evaluating the Club's energy pitfalls and implement a program to help them become more efficient and significantly cut costs.

In a letter to state and local officials earlier this year, the Club's Executive Director, Patrick Reed, wrote of the strain of rising utility costs spawned by increased fuel prices.

"Increased utility costs, coupled with recent budget cuts, have created a burden on the club which current funding simply can't relieve," says Reed. "The default response is to raise membership dues, but that isn't a fair or practical solution. What Maryland Green Power is doing is empowering us with an effective, sustainable solution. We are very optimistic about this program."

The program, known as the EnergyMapsTM energy-saving system, was designed by the UK company, Enigin.

"EnergyMapsTM combines cutting-edge technology with personal accountability," says Maryland Green Power CEO, Dennis Meizys. "We're setting up a program that will help the LBGC monitor their energy usage, all the while teaching the club's staff, volunteers and members what they can do to manage it."

At the core of the EnergyMapsTM program is the EniscopeTM monitor which will carry out a 24/7 analysis of the Club's energy consumption and warn them when they are using too much energy. Installation of this metering equipment and other associated materials is being done pro-bono by the Calvert-Jones Co. (http://www.calverjonesgreen.com) - a mechanical contracting company specializing in environmentally sound HVAC, electrical, and plumbing solutions.

As part of the initial evaluation, Maryland Green Power Co. identified 10 additional energy-saving solutions for the Club, including insulating the building's attic and switching energy providers. "I calculated that changing providers, alone, will result in an instant savings of $6,879/year for the LBGC," says Meizys. "Our plan, along with the help of Calvert-Jones, is to provide continued engineering analysis and support once the EnergyMapsTM program has met its goals to ensure that LBGC has had the opportunity to consider every possible energy-saving option."

LBCG's President, Levet Brown, is very enthusiastic about the program. "I am very proud of this project," he says. "We are taking responsibility for the handling of our energy and sending a terrific message to the kids, to the community and to Boys & Girls Clubs across America. It's a win for the Club, and it's a win for the environment."

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Vanessa van der Have
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The Laurel Boys & Girls Club is the largest Boys & Girls Club in the state of Maryland. It provides recreational and enrichment programs to its some 2,500 members, including 11 major athletic programs, many of which offer both intramural and county competition. The club welcomes donations which can be made on their web site.

Maryland Green Power Co. is a Columbia, MD company specializing in helping commercial and residential customers save money and curb environmental waste through customized energy saving solutions, renewable construction materials, and innovative recycling solutions to ensure sustainability in our communities.

Calvert-Jones Co. is an Alexandria, VA mechanical contracting company run by President, Stan Peregoy, specializing in environmentally sound HVAC, electrical, and plumbing solutions. For more than 60 years, Calvert-Jones has been trusted with new and existing facilities to create an ideal environment inside, while minimizing the impact on the environment outside.

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