ENERGY

Energy Efficiency Tips

CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR

In going about our daily lives — commuting, sheltering our families, eating — each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change.  We call the amount of carbon dioxide we emit our “Carbon Footprint.”

The choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away all influence our carbon footprint and can help ensure a stable climate for future generations. Try one of these Carbon Calculators to estimate how many tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) are released by your energy use at home, in your car, and in the air.  They all have strengths and weaknesses.  See which one suits you best!

http://www.terrapass.com
http://www.safeclimate.net/calculator/
http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html

ENERGY STAR FOR CONGREGATIONS

Most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance. With free, unbiased information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, your congregation can more easily improve stewardship of your budget’s energy dollars, and of the earth by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while protecting the environment.

For more information, click here.

COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) are those new spiral-shaped bulbs that you have probably seen.  Using CFLs will save you money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Why?

–          20% of your home electricity bill is for lighting
–          CFLs use 75% less electricity than traditional bulbs
–          CFLs last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs

Many more varieties of CFLs are available today than just a year or two ago, including dimmable, natural light, and different shapes and sizes.

Got questions about CFLs or concerns about mercury in the bulbs?  Visit Project Porchlight.

Click Here for Broken Florescent Bulb Clean Up Procedures