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New England Pentecostal Church
955 Bridge Street
Pelham, NH 03076
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New England Pentecostal Ministries was founded in 1942 as a home prayer group with a mandate to minister to the total man: ?body, soul, and spirit.? We have come a long way during our more than 60 years of existence. From a small store front with no more than five members to our present location in the quaint town of Pelham, NH, we are now home to a multi-cultural congregation of over 400 members.

The new location in Pelham was built in the 1970s as a new home for St. Patrick?s Parish in Pelham. However, due to the church being built on property with a high water table, poor grading caused continuous water damage to the basement. A leaking skylight in the sanctuary was another albatross that added to St. Patrick?s decision to abandon the new building and move back to their former location on Main St. in Pelham.

This left the structure abandoned and after many failed attempts by other churches to occupy the building, it was purchased by Arrow Construction Co. as an investment property. The outside perimeter of the building was properly graded to eliminate water in the basement, and the entire building was freshly painted.

In 1987, New England Pentecostal Ministries purchased the property from Arrow Construction Co. and relocated to Pelham, NH. Although the most critical problems were rectified, making way for immediate occupancy, many upgrades were necessary to make the property energy efficient.

Spearheaded by our own maintenance staff, Othniel Archer and Donovan McKoy, most of the following improvements were made with internal capital and the hard work of committed and faithful volunteer congregants:

-- The old well was not providing a sufficient flow to accommodate the building, and a new well had to be dug to improve efficiency. (Wells Pump Systems Co.)
-- The entire old septic system as well as leach field was damaged, and a new one had to be installed to protect the environment and sustain a growing congregation. (Arrow Construction Co.)
-- New water bubblers were installed and connected to the new well, cutting the cost of purchasing bottled water.
-- Old toilets were replaced with water-saving toilets.
-- Ceilings in both lobbies and adjoining rooms were lowered to cut heating costs and conserve energy.
-- Windows in the basement were replaced with more energy-efficient windows.
-- Water pipes were insulated in ceilings to protect pipes from freezing and to maintain sufficient hot water temperatures.
-- An energy efficiency audit was done by Granite State Elec. Co., and all lighting was replaced with more energy-efficient lights.
-- Vertical blinds were installed to insulate windows.
-- New padded pews were installed to replace metal folding chairs, adding warmth to the sanctuary.
-- Carpeting was installed throughout the sanctuary, lobbies, stairways, and entire basement area.


However, the carpeting in the downstairs function hall and classrooms was damaged again due to new water damage problems in the basement. After a thorough investigation, we found that the new water problem was caused by a burst underground drain pipe, which caused water to back up into the basement. New pipes were installed and the problem resolved.

We chose to replace the carpeting in the entire basement and lobby areas with ceramic tile which in time substantially cut the costs of redundant carpet cleaning and replacement. Damaged sheetrock from water damage caused mold in the walls, which had to be replaced to maintain a clean and safe environment. In addition:
-- Weather stripping was added around all door entrances.
-- High efficiency heat/air conditioning units with thermostat controls were installed in the sanctuary to reduce cost and save energy.
-- All outdoor building lights as well as parking lot lights were put on timers to reduce costs and conserve energy.
-- Padding that was placed on the outside walls of our recording studio not only absorbs sound but also serves as added insulation.
-- New siding and insulation was installed on the old building to conserve energy.

In 2002. an expansion of about 30,000 square feet was added to house offices, full time daycare/preschool, kindergarten, an after school program, a full court multi-purpose gymnasium with kitchen, and food bank.

The gymnasium of the new building is a steel structure, and the lobbies, classrooms, and offices are wood. To cut the costs of construction, we chose to have Hutter Construction Co. complete the gymnasium due to its complexity and leave the shell of the remainder of the building unfinished.

Once again the manpower of committed and faithful congregants, spearheaded by our own maintenance staff, completed the new addition in 2004. The lessons learned from upgrading the old structure served as a precursor in our decision making for the new addition. We now have a heightened awareness that making cost cutting decisions as well as energy conservation not only saves money and the environment, but fulfills our mandate as good stewards.

In 2010, we learned about the ENERGY STAR program, the advantages of becoming an ENERGY STAR congregation, and the benefits of participating in a program like ENERGY STAR.

Through ENERGY STAR, we were made aware of the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program through our local electric company. Upon receiving a full analysis from our electric company, we qualified to receive new state-of-the art lighting throughout our entire old and new facilities at a significant discount of which we only had to pay 30 percent of the cost of the lighting and 50 percent of the installation costs.

This program saved us almost $5,000 in installation costs with an estimated annual savings of 23571 (KWH) and an estimated annual savings of $2,300.

Now we are now in the process of having our heating system reevaluated to find the most efficient way of heating our facility.




"Through the power of action, we reduced greenhouse gases (CO2) annually by 25,928 pounds. As an ENERGY STAR congregation, we are committed to do all that we can to find ways to create an excitement to encourage our congregation to actively and proudly take part in saving energy through ENERGY STAR not only in our church but also in our homes.

I really feel that this program has stirred an excitement and created a challenge for our congregation to see what our next score will be."

-- Pastor Ruth Choate, Co Pastor, New England Pentecostal Church

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by New England Pentecostal Church or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
National Grid

Building Owner:*
New England Pentecostal Church

Property Manager:*
New England Pentecostal Church

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (86)
2012 (81)

Facility Type: Worship Facility

Total Floorspace: 32825 sf

Year Constructed: 1970

Contract Type: Multiple Contractor Contracts
Financing Type: Equipment Lease

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies