Step 2: Review your current position
start finding out where your energy really
1. Make sure somebody is in charge.
2. Find one or
two people in the congregation who are willing to check
your energy consumption. Among your congregations there
will be plumbers, electricians, builders and others who
can to make professional assessments of current
3. Keep records of meter readings –
this can be done everywhere: at home, at work, in any
house of worship.
4. Compare them with the readings
for the previous year and month.
5. Check how much
waste is being thrown away. What kinds of materials are
they? Can they be recycled?
6. What is your water
usage? Why is it so high?
7. Keep track of all
purchases. Are they done with an energy-efficient
8. Make a timetable of how many hours your
house of worship is being used every week or month.
What kind of insulation is there? A simple test is to
hold the palms of your hands in front of windows and
doors. If you feel cold air, you could be wasting up to
20 per cent of energy.
10. Check the system to make
sure it works properly and switches off automatically
when it is not needed.
Use common sense:
work with other members of your community, family or
congregation to come up with creative ways to ‘green‘
your home, office or house of worship. These can range
from turning off lights and computers when they are not
needed, to more ambitious technical innovations in
energy and water efficiency, or creative ideas about how
to use the building more often, for the entire