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Do your own environmental audit | Eco Audit - Quick Guide | Step 1: Commit | Step 2: Review | Step 3: Plan | Step 4: Communicate

Step 2: Review your current position

start finding out where your energy really goes

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 consumption.
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 policy?
8. Make a timetable of how many hours your house of worship is being used every week or month.
9. 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 community.

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