While ECFF’s Fort Walton Beach Bernie R. Lefebvre Aquatic Center operates in the black, operating expenses at the Aquatic Center in Destin center are steep. With two pools at the latter, more lifeguards are required, and water, chemical, equipment, and energy costs are greater. With utility expenses for the Destin facility so high, ECFF recognized the need to reduce expenses as much as possible to ensure program fees are kept at affordable levels while keeping a balanced budget.
ECFF’s successful fundraising for the 2019 installation of a geothermal heating/cooling system for Destin’s pool water helped reduce gas and electric energy consumption and expenses, but the group realized more could be done. As the organization aims to increase the Aquatic Center’s energy efficiency by converting lighting fixtures to LED’s and installing variable frequency pump controls, an All Points North Foundation-funded solar PV system will greatly reduce electricity costs and allow the pool to operate in a more sustainable manner. Coupled with the existing geothermal system, this measure will allow the Aquatic Center of Destin to conserve both precious environmental and fiscal resources.
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