Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) serves a population of approximately 600 people, 500 children and 100 staff and volunteers. The orphanage is located on over 2,000 acres of land an hour outside Tegucigalapa, Honduras.
When the decline in the value of the euro impacted donations at the same time as increases in wages and benefits mandated by the government, finances became a serious challenge to the home. NPH was forced to consider drastic measures to make ends meet, and a plan was initiated to find permanent savings though reduction of energy costs.
We found most of their energy use is in three key areas, water usage, lighting and refrigeration.
NPH relies on water captured from the mountain during the rainy season, but it became dangerously low during the dry season. This resulted in loss of sustaining vegetables and sources of protein grown at the home. Our plan reduced their water consumption by 10,000,000 gallons a year.
Water usage (pumping) was the largest energy user. We found we could dramatically reduce water use by moving to efficient fixtures. Further savings came from updating lighting and refrigeration. The plan increased efficiency by 38% and lowered the monthly costs for electricity and LP by $2,700.
Bottom line? For an investment of $84,000 we reduced their annual power usage by $33,571, a 2.5 year ROI. And our water efficiency measures are saving 10,000,000 gallons a year.