EPA Tool Helps Houses of Worship Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
America's houses of worship can now save energy and reduce their carbon footprint with expanded tools available from EPA's ENERGY STAR Program. Enhancements to Portfolio Manager, the agency's popular energy tracking tool for commercial facilities, allow houses of worship to track energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions, set targets for investment priorities, and verify efficiency improvements. The estimated 370,000 religious worship facilities across the United States spend more than $3 billion annually on energy costs. Improving the energy efficiency of America's houses of worship by just 10% would save nearly 2 billion kilowatt-hours each year, preventing more than one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and representing a cost savings of about $315 million annually.