DataTrends: Energy Use in Worship Facilities

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of worship facilities benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

The factsheet is part of the Portfolio Manager DataTrends series, which uses the data available in Portfolio Manager to examine benchmarking and trends in energy and water consumption in hundreds of thousands of U.S. commercial buildings.

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Use this two-page success story to learn how Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has transformed itself into an energy-efficient organization with several green facilities. The parish implemented sustainability policies to lessen the impact of waste (especially plastic waste) on the environment, while also upgrading their facility infrastucture.
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Use this two-page success story to learn how the team at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light has engaged and educated faith communities on environmental sustainability, as well as convinced public officials, businesses, and utilities to reduce energy demand. To date, they have provided over 350 congregations with free energy audits and energy education to help reduce their energy use by 10% or more. As a result, member congregations have made energy-efficient upgrades to new facilities.
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Use this two-page success story to learn how Georgia Interfaith Power and Light engaged faith communities in environmental stewardship through worship, education, and outreach, and in 2014, became the first faith-based non-profit to earn the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for climate communications.
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Dennis Union
Use this two-page success story to learn how Dennis Union Church, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, created a six-part Energy Action Plan to reduce thier energy consumption and carbon footprint. Despite expanding their square footage by nearly 40 percent, the church achieved three percent energy savings!
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If you're reading this, then you already know that ENERGY STAR can help your congregation save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But perhaps it's a challenge to convince others to participate in the program. This short document has some sample messaging you can use to encourage your congregation's decision-makers to join ENERGY STAR as a partner. Attach our Tip sheet: No-cost, low-cost energy savings for congregations and you have a strong case for saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment.
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First page of the new Congregations Tip Sheet
This one-page tip sheet for congregations outlines EPA’s seven steps for strategic energy management, top tips for saving energy and water, plus links to more detailed information.
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Data collection worksheet for worship facilities
In order to get started benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, you'll first need to enter key data on your house of worship. Save time by downloading this handy worksheet. It lists everything that Portfolio Manager will ask you for when you set up your account, so that when you log in, you'll already have all the information in one place and can hit the ground running.
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This document summarizes the ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations. The ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations is intended to serve as a resource and planning guide for clergy, staff, and laypersons of houses of worship who want to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities by implementing realistic and cost-effective energy improvement projects.

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This document supplements the ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations. This ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations is intended to serve as a resource and planning guide for clergy, staff, and laypersons of houses of worship who want to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities by implementing realistic and cost-effective energy improvement projects.

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