Energy/Water Reduction – Orphanage Emmanuel


With the Honduran power company going bankrupt, Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras saw a 600% increase in the cost of their electricity, from $2,500 a month to $16,000. Our plan dramatically reduced their energy consumption and cost.

We found most of their energy use hinged on four key areas: water usage, lighting, refrigeration and laundry.

Water usage (pumping and heating) was by far the largest energy user. We found we could dramatically reduce water use primarily by moving to efficient fixtures. Further savings came from updating the lighting and highly efficient water heaters and refrigerators. The plan increased efficiency by 65% and lowered the monthly costs for electricity and LP by as much as $8,600.

Bottom line? For an investment of $118,000 we reduced their power usage by $108,000 a year. Thats a 1 year ROI. What’s more, the water efficiency measures will save 10,000,000 gallons of water a year.