St. Augustine, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2022) Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) completed upgrades as part of its Nonprofit Energy Makeover community outreach program at the Betty Griffin Center. FPL worked with the Betty Griffin Center team to identify energy efficiency upgrades that will help the organization lower its energy usage and save money.

“We are honored to support partners like the Betty Griffin Center who do so much for our community, and we’re excited to celebrate with them the energy efficiency upgrades made,” said Carol Saviak, external affairs manager at FPL. “Helping the Betty Griffin Center lower its energy usage also helps them lower their energy costs, which then allows them to do even more in support of the women and children in our community.”

The energy efficiency upgrades were completed at the shelter and transitional housing apartments. Changes include a new air conditioning unit, 11 new programmable thermostats and LED lighting fixture upgrades throughout the facility – all totaling more than $10,000. A Nonprofit Energy Makeover typically provides approximately $400-1,200 savings per year.

Through its Nonprofit Energy Makeover program, FPL works with nonprofit organizations throughout Florida whose facilities benefit from energy efficiency upgrades and sends in energy experts to make recommendations and complete the upgrades funded by FPL. The upgrades help lower the organization’s energy usage, which can help them save money on their bill.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to receive the nonprofit energy makeover from FPL,” said Kelly Franklin, MSW, chief operating officer at the Betty Griffin Center. “Our mission is to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence navigate through their life-changing traumas to live fulfilling lives on their terms by providing a safe and secure shelter. This helps us improve our shelter location with energy efficient upgrades, but also save money on our bills to assist adults and children in other ways by providing necessary resources such as legal assistance, financial counseling and other critical services.”

In the spirit of the holiday season, FPL also donated items such as blankets, sheets and pillowcases to their annual holiday drive that will be provided to shelter residents to enjoy.

The Betty Griffin Center offers protection and quality services at no cost to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and their children. They operate a 54-bed emergency shelter, six transitional apartments and provide outreach services, programs, and education throughout St. Johns County, Florida.

The Betty Griffin Center serves more than 1,000 survivors of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour helpline and provides professional counseling for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. If you or someone you know is being abused, help is available 24 hours a day at (904) 824-1555.

FPL offers a variety of programs and tools to help customers manage their energy usage. Visit to learn more.


Florida Power & Light Company
As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to more than 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to J.D. Power’s 2021 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM and 2021 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. The company was also recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity.  NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2022 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,

About Betty Griffin Center

The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. Today, Betty Griffin Center serves more than 1,000 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age-appropriate violence prevention training and operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency’s ongoing operations. For more information, visit

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