Know Your Building’s Energy Use with Energy Stewards
Energy Stewards is a program that allows you to keep track of your congregation’s energy use on a monthly basis. Conserving on utilities saves money that can be used for congregational programs. More importantly, cutting out waste helps reduce many forms of pollution, from air and water contamination that create health hazards to greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. For reasons economic, ecological, and ethical, religious congregations are giving attention to seemingly mundane matters like our energy bills, light switches, thermostats, and HVAC systems.
Getting and staying on top of your congregation’s utility costs is not rocket science, but it does require attention. You can set up your own spreadsheet and start tracking the congregation’s bills yourself, but H-IPL provides an easier way.
Use Energy Stewards
We offer a program called Energy Stewards. Energy Stewards is a program developed with EPA’s Energy Star program for congregations. H-IPL contracts with Rapid Improvements Associates from Wisconsin to compile congregations data for the Energy Star Program. which allows your congregation to work toward the gold standard of building efficiency, Energy Star certification. The program also allows congregations to:
- Track energy use, even in complex facilities
- Create an action plan for energy reduction
- Measure energy reductions and cost savings
- Compare energy savings with other Energy Stewards congregations.
Energy Stewards offers easy-to-read graphs and charts and provides tracking and sophisticated analysis of energy usage. Keeping track of your energy use allows users to make modifications in energy use and see how your efforts to save energy are paying off.
Below is a glance at the Energy Stewards homepage.
Energy Stewards graphs track your electricity, gas, water if you like, solar generation if you have it, and show your energy improvements over time:
It also includes a comprehensive list of possible action items to tailor to your building’s needs, plan, and execute. Green teams can use this list as a guide for which actions to take.
H-IPL provides this as a service to congregations. The cost is $100/year per congregation for the basic program, in which you enter your utility data yourself. Or with the $150/year enhanced program, Energy Stewards will enter it for you.