First Choice Power Grants Provide More Than $61,000 to Support Energy Efficiency Programs in Texas

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Reduce Your Use Grants™ allow an estimated $70,000 in energy savings for nonprofits, chambers and schools

This grant program allows First Choice Power to help build the communities we’re apart of in a more energy efficient way.

First Choice Power today announced that it will award more than $61,000 in Reduce Your Use Grants™ to nonprofits, schools and medical centers to fund energy-efficient programs and upgrades. The recipients applied for grants in the fall grant cycle which ran from September to October.

“This grant program allows First Choice Power to help build the communities we’re apart of in a more energy efficient way,” Catherine Carlton, community relations manager for First Choice Power, said. “By helping nonprofits and schools afford environmentally friendly upgrades, we are able to help reduce their energy usage and at the same time lower their bill.”

Grant recipients include food banks, museums, charitable organizations and many others; they will use their grants for projects such as installing new air conditioners and fans, adding energy-efficient doors and door frames and installing EnergyStar® appliances. In total, almost 1.2 million people will be affected by the changes and upgrades made with the help of the grants. All 31 recipients are expected to save a total of approximately $70,000 on energy bills over the next four years.*

"With the generosity of First Choice Power, we can install new HVAC units and create a better insulation for the attic area and the building as a whole," James C. Hoffman, president of the Lake Whitney Arts Association, said. “This will allow us to save money on energy that we can use to serve the arts community.”
Schools will also benefit from ongoing savings due to energy-efficient upgrades.

"The Student Council at Freddy Gonzalez has envisioned an outdoor classroom that will provide all students with a valuable space to conduct science experiments and investigations, a place where they can read and write, and a place where they can observe and appreciate nature," Malcovia Sanchez, a third grade teacher at Freddy Gonzalez Elementary, said. “Our Reduce Your Use Grant funds will allow us to make this vision a reality.”

First Choice Power will begin accepting applications for the spring 2012 grant cycle in February. To learn how to apply for a grant or to read about all the latest winners, visit http://www.FirstChoicePower.com/Reduce.

*Savings an estimate based on http://www.doe.gov

About First Choice Power
First Choice Power is a part of the Direct Energy family of companies, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers with over 6 million residential and commercial relationships. Direct Energy with its First Choice Power, CPL Retail Energy and WTU Retail Energy brands, is the third-largest retail electricity provider in Texas. It owns three power generation facilities and a series of energy related services companies. First Choice Power provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CAN), one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 states and 10 provinces in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.FirstChoicePower.com. Keep up to date on the latest energy news and join the conversation by following us on Twitter @firstchoicepwr, Facebook facebook.com/FirstChoicePower or The Current blog, http://www.firstchoicepower.com/blog.

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