Jon Paulisin, CEO and owner of South Florida Energy Savers in Palmetto Bay, is a man who believes that greening South Florida is going to be a sure-fire success.
“I believe in this. I started this company because I knew that greening was going to be the way to go,” Paulisin said.
And it is no accident that he based his company in Palmetto Bay. He said that it is located in the “heart” of the region’s energy conservation initiatives. The village’s Municipal Complex was named as a Platinum LEED building by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the highest award and the only government building in the entire state with this distinction.
South Florida Energy Savers is a business ready to help commercial and residential customers save the planet, reduce their carbon footprint and pay less for their utilities — a lot less. The company, which was certified by the Ygrene Energy Fund in November 2012, offers a free energy survey to potential clients to determine what can be done to make the physical plant more energy efficient, and they make information available about service and products to help realize some serious changes to energy consumption.
South Florida Energy Savers can make recommendations regarding solar photovoltaics, solar hot water heaters, solar pool heating, LED lighting, insulation, air conditioning and hurricane impact windows.
The movement to green South Florida received a big boost when a number of municipalities became involved in the Clean Energy Green Corridor about two years ago. The municipalities, working with the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, a consortium of businesses, along with the Ygrene Green Energy Fund, will provide norisk administration of the PACE program.
Ygrene’s certification program gives participating contractors access to its databank of approved products and has in place a system of checks and balances that requires a final inspection from Ygrene before the final check is paid to the energy contractor.
The PACE program allows municipalities to levy non-ad valorum assessments to fund energy improvements. And this is where a company like Paulisin’s comes in to help qualify the residential or commercial property owner to receive low-interest financing for energy improvements.
South Florida Energy Savers informs the client about all the products available to reduce energy costs and is knowledgeable about attendant rebates and federal tax credits. Solar power can make your home into its own power plant and add considerable resale value to your property. The installation of solar radiant barrier insulation in the attic can reduce the amount of time the air conditioner runs by upwards of 50 percent.
For a real life success story about the efficacy of the PACE program and solar power, consider Mayor Ed MacDougall of the Town of Cutler Bay (a Green Corridor community), who recently had a solar array installed on his home. His monthly electric bills routinely averaged about $200. After the first full month on solar power, his bill was $8.20. That was $7 for administrative costs and $1.20 for tax.
If you want to know how to affordably manage the same success as Mayor MacDougall, think about contacting South Florida Energy Savers to learn more at 305- 807-6925, or pay them a visit at 9048 SW152 St. in Palmetto Bay.
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