Solar power for shelter dogs

October 17th, 2013
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Dogs at the Hawaiian Humane Society can now enjoy warm baths thanks to cost savings from a solar water heater donated by Bonterra Solar. Courtesy photo.

Dogs at the Hawaiian Humane Society can now enjoy warm baths thanks to cost savings from a solar water heater donated by Bonterra Solar. Courtesy photo.

Every shivering dog can now enjoy a warm bath at the Hawaiian Humane Society, thanks to the donation of a solar hot water heating system from Bonterra Solar.

The solar hot water heater will help make the warm baths possible, as well as save energy costs for the pet laundry center and dishwashers. All together, the solar water heating system should help the Society save more than $11,000 over 10 years.

Lisa Fowler, Hawaiian Humane Society's director of development, said: "Bonterra Solar's donation of a hot water system helps to provide a warm bath for our animals, which mean more of the donations we receive can go to the direct care of the 300 animals we have in residence on any given day. Utility costs for our animal shelter, veterinary clinic, and adoptions center are always rising and we consume a lot of hot water through the various programs and services we provide."

Honolulu-based Bonterra Solar, a sponsor for the annual PetWalk, has been a long-time supporter of the Hawaiian Humane Society . Bonterra installs both residential and commercial solar systems.

Solar water heaters are a no-brainer for both residential homes and non-profit groups. A home's largest energy hog is the electric water heater, according to Hawaii Energy. A solar water heater for families of four or more could save up to $600 on the electric bill per year — enough to buy 200 pairs of slippers, 800 pounds of rice or 750 malasadas. Solar water heaters also qualify for an instant, $1,000 rebate, plus federal and state tax credits. Click here to learn more.

Solar water heater installed on the Hawaiian Humane Society's rooftop, donated by Bonterra Solar, should help save $11,000 over the next 10 years. Courtesy image.

Solar water heater installed on the Hawaiian Humane Society's rooftop at its King Street headquarters, donated by Bonterra Solar, should help save $11,000 over the next 10 years. Courtesy image.

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