Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit for Congregations

Kansas Interfaith Power & Light. Accessed April 14, 2017.

“According to the EPA: most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance.” In this article, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light offers a five-step process to help congregations reclaim that 30% and become more “green.” The process has two parts: an assessment tool and ideas for improvement. The assessment involves the entire facility and accounts for all energy usage, whether lights, heating and cooling, or appliances. Some of the improvement ideas are no surprise and require little or no cost: caulk and/or seal windows and doors, turn down hot water heater thermostats, and repair leaky faucets and toilets. Other ideas are more creative and costly, such as installing solar panels or wind turbines. Either way, there is something here for every congregation that is seeking to not only save money, but become better stewards of the environment.