Energy Efficiency

 

Portfolio Manager is ENERGY STAR’s open-source tool through which building and energy-use metrics are generated. Throughout the country Portfolio Manager is currently used on over 450,000 commercial facilities, by over 75,000 individual users, who’ve achieved over 28,000 ENERGY STAR certified facilities. Certification indicates the facility is in upper 25% of national energy efficiency for the facility type.

In DC, we partner with other government organizations and hold “Benchmarking Jams.” Which are comprehensive information sessions (usually 90-120 min), where congregations and religious organizations can come and learn about the benchmarking laws that directly affect them and their community. These sessions typically have 4 parts:

  • An introduction where someone introduces the local benchmarking laws, talks about why they were enacted, why they’re important
  • How to comply, how to navigate through the Portfolio Manager platform, and how the information, once in the system, can be used as an effective tool for identifying smart energy-reduction opportunities, which can lead to significant cost-savings, as well as a cleaner environment.
  • DCSEU and PACE typically closes the presentation by discussing the revenue that can be made available to congregations and small-businesses, for large efficiency upgrades such as lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration.
  • The event typically ends with a 20-30 minute period of Q&A, during which time volunteers go around and provide assistance to those who need help.

These events are a great capacity builder, please let us know if you would be interested in attending or participating in one of these events.

Also, please find some additional links and attachments below that you may find informative, and give a better idea of the kind of work that we do.

We are here to help, please feel free to reach out and let us know how we might be of assistance to your organization.

www.energystar.gov/congregations

www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings – EPA’s annual National Building Competition is a great way to showcase stewardship success.

www.energystar.gov/benchmark

www.energystar.gov/buildings/training

Download these flyers:

ENERGY STAR Congregations Workbook Summary FINAL

Portfolio_Manager_Features


EPA has a green congregations program

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.

Select the link below for more about the programs available through the EPS.

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/sector-specific-resources/congregation-resources


New Report Finds Energy Efficiency is America’s Cheapest Energy Resource

Energy Efficiency Costs Utilities 2 to 3 Times Less Than Traditional Power Sources; Average of 2.8 Cents per Kilowatt Hour

Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2014): According to a new report released  by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more.


February 5, 2013 — PRESS RELEASE

EPA Updates Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the second year of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, by greenhouse gas, and by geographic region such as county or state.

Greenhouse gases are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor or elderly; increases in ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses; as well as other threats to the health and welfare of Americans.

“Transparency ensures a better informed public, which leads to a better protected environment,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “With this second data release, communities, businesses and others can track and compare facilities’ greenhouse gas emissions and identify opportunities to cut pollution, minimize wasted energy, and save money.”

For the full press release: http://go.usa.gov/4yrz

Learn more about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/

Join the growing number of faith communities saving money and caring for creation by lowering high utility bills through energy assessmentenergy efficiency upgrades and solar panels.

* Get an energy assessment or audit. Contact us for help.

* Check out PNM’s Quick Saver program and rebates if you are in their service area. This is a great program to assist with lighting. If you have old florescent bulbs note that soon you will not be able to replace them….Quick Saver can be a win, win.

Ways to Green Your House of Worship and Home

NMIPL will work with any house of worship to care for creation by addressing energy efficiency and conservation. Various options for an energy assessment exist, depending upon your location in New Mexico. This Do It Yourself Energy Assessment can help you get started. If you have drafty windows this video gives all the instructions you need to create inexpensive and quick window inserts to save on energy bills.
seedling_handsIf you or your faith community are interested in lowering energy consumption at home, our Cool Congregations program, which provides online calculations of energy footprint and a complete user friendly book, can get you saving while creating community bonds.
Get Your Energy Audit form
Making and Installing a $15 energy efficient window in churches and homes
Watch the video on YouTube.

Room by Room Energy Efficiency Guide

Cool Congregation Checklist for Energy Efficiency

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