Getting Started: Identifying Projects
Getting Started With Few Hassles
As the saying goes, "time is money" and that can be particularly true for congregational facilities. However, not taking time (to save energy) can mean big money lost that could be used for other outreach and stewardship initiatives.
Reduction in daily energy costs and monthly utility bills for the lifetime of your facility can make it well worth the time needed to pursue effective-efficiency upgrades. Here are some strategies to jump-start your energy savings:
- Ask your utility if they offer free or inexpensive energy audits and/or rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades. A good place to start is the Energy Crossroads Web site — a consolidated listing, by state, of many of the utility energy-efficiency programs.
- Invite contractors to your facility to suggest upgrades and provide free estimates.
- Contract with an energy professional to coordinate and manage your project.
- Leverage your time by drawing on the expertise of ENERGY STAR by visiting its Congregations Web site.