While our houses of worship provide meaningful space for communities of faith to come together in worship often times theses building are built without energy stewardship in mind. Some of the most common energy challenges faced by houses of worship include:
– High ceilings
– Large windows
– Aging air seals
– Outdated heating and cooling systems
All of these factors and more add to both the utility costs of operating a house of worship as well as it’s related fossil fuel emissions and impact.
The Cool Congregations program explores the ways that faith communities can become better stewards of the planet. Houses of worship that enroll in the program receive an energy audit from our LEED and BPI certified energy auditor. This audit will create a comprehensive review of many of your house of worships energy systems and clearly identify where energy and money can be saved. The audit includes low or no-cost changes and an can potentially identify several thousands of dollars in potential energy savings annually.
Kentucky IPL offers ongoing energy consultation after the audit to participating communities that are in need of support to develop an energy action plan or to implement energy conservation ideas.
Additionally, houses of worship can enroll in the National Interfaith Power and Light Cool Congregation Challenge. In this challenge houses of worship from across the country track their energy use and compete to see which congregation can reduce their energy us the most! Winning congregations receive cash prizes. It is important to note that while a Kentucky IPL energy audit is a great first step in being successful in the competition congregations do not need to have an audit to participate in the national challenge.
More information on the national competition can be found at www.coolcongregations.org.
Kentucky IPL charges $300 for the Cool Congregations audit. Call Kentucky IPL or email Aaron Tornes at aaron @ kentuckyipl.org for more information or to schedule an audit.