Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gov't Program Offers Energy Advice to Churches

Gov't Program Offers Energy Advice to Churches
A new Energy Star program will rate green churches and houses of worship, and help them cut energy costs.
By Emily Main
RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA Link to full article below

Use online tools to find ways to conserve energy at your religious facility.

As beautiful as old, historic churches can be, they're also old, drafty, and energy inefficient. It's not just churches, either. There are roughly 370,000 houses of worship in this country, encompassing buildings of all faiths, from synagogues to temples to mosques, that have unique energy requirements which collectively cost $3 billion a year on utility bills. High energy costs also take a higher toll on the environment, a increasingly important concern with the rise of self-identified ecofriendly congregations and green churches.

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