Parish, Catholic homebuilder labeled energy efficient

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St. Helen Parish in Glendale was named one of five Champions of Energy Efficiency winners in the “Outstanding Energy-Efficiency” category through SRP’s annual program. Foundation for Senior Living earned the sole title as the “Most Energy-Efficient Community Homebuilder.”

FSL offers home energy solutions, health and mobility-inspired home improvements, plus a growing collection of apartments and homes.

The floor plans at South Phoenix Village, a 121 single-family home community, are 1,300-1,700 square feet and range in price from $190,000 to $215,000. Adding to the affordability, they all come with $15,000 in home buyer assistance in the form of a zero percent interest deferred loan for qualified home buyers.

St. Helen was one of two “mid size” entities that saved the highest percentage of energy based on annual usage.

Fr. john Ssegawa, A.J., pastor of St. Helen, poses with his parish’s hard-earned award. (screenshot from SRP’s Facebook page)

A roof and tile replacement with thermal insulation helped a lot as did retrofitting existing fixtures to LED lighting both inside and outside. The parish estimated a 41 percent annual energy savings. Future plans include programmable thermostats and an upgrade to a more efficient a/c system.