Residents at Joy Junction’s transitional living complex are staying cooler this summer, thanks to a $4,300 grant the shelter used to buy new windows and air-conditioning units.
The nonprofit organization provides shelter, food and clothing for the area’s homeless population.
Jeremy Reynalds, founder and CEO, said the grant from Public Service Company of New Mexico has lowered the monthly energy usage for the 26 apartments in the complex on Joy Junction’s 52-acre property off Second Street in the South Valley.
Jennifer Munsey, chief operating officer for Joy Junction, said the transitional units are for clients who have completed a 12-step rehab program and their families. The transitional living apartments were once part of an old hotel that was donated to Joy Junction. Each unit, Munsey said, had swamp coolers, which don’t always cool well in humid weather.
“And the windows were very old,” she said. “All the wind and cold would just go through them. They didn’t provide good insulation.”
Each apartment received two small energy-efficient units to provide cooling.
According to a news release from Joy Junction, the shelter has seen savings in that building since the air-conditioning units and windows were installed last July. Reynalds said the organization did an analysis from July through October 2011 when the units were at their highest use and compared it with the same months in 2010. Reynalds said Joy Junction saved $270 and saw a 12 percent decrease in usage.
The award was part of PNM Resource Foundation’s “Reduce Your Use” grant program for nonprofit organizations. They must use the money for energy-reducing projects, such as new appliances, building upgrades, education that encourages public participation and awareness, or as in the case of Joy Junction, installing new equipment. The foundation is supported by donations, not customer funds.
— This article appeared on page 1 of the West Side Journal