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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This workbook 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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The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for all commercial buildings, including worship facilities, to reduce energy costs and related greenhouse gas emission by 20 percent by 2020. ENERGY STAR® certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average buildings. ENERGY STAR is helping congregations use low-cost, even no-cost actions, the time and talent of their members, and strategic investment to save money and prevent pollution.

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ENERGY STAR for Congregations provides technical information and support to all interested congregations. If you know of appropriate links to environmental efforts by other faith-based organizations that might be shown here, please contact us.

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View the full list of congregations that have earned the ENERGY STAR, EPA's mark of superior energy performance. Many of these distinguished congregations have shared their energy-saving stories. To learn more, click on "Full Profile" next to the congregation name.  

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Use this 2-page handout to learn a summary of ENERGY STAR offerings for congregations, quick tips for saving energy in religious worship facilities, and how to sign up for the ENERGY STAR Congregations Network.

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