Environmental Stewardship

Determine current energy performance and set a goal

Creating a baseline of your current energy use allows you to measure progress against these numbers. A baseline is a summary of all energy use of each of the buildings that the parish or school is responsible for.  Ideally, this should be collected for several consecutive years which will provide a trend in the usage.  There are also normal year-year variations associated with the enerrgy usage based on the weather.  You can adjust these variations based on the total degree-days reported by the weather services.
This will also allow you to compare your current energy performance with the performance of other parishes. There are several metrics by which experts can benchmark your parish’s energy performance. These metrics are discussed in detail in your Energy Audit Report.
Once your energy management team commits to energy efficiency and determines how your current performance stacks up to your peers, the next step is to set an energy reduction goal. This goal should be realistic yet challenging. It should be specific in terms of desired energy savings.  Deadlines should be established. A clear goal will help rally your parish community and provide a measure against which you can evaluate your progress. An energy reduction goal usually has several parts:
  1. A Metric (e.g. total energy use per square ft.)
  2. A Baseline (e.g. from a 2017 baseline)
  3. A Reduction Amount (e.g. reduce by 15%)
Goal:  Reduce Total Energy per Square Ft by 15% compared to usage in 2017.