Environmental Stewardship

Implement your Energy Action Plan

Begin taking concrete steps to reduce energy use, based on your energy energy action plan and audit. For example:

  • Swap out incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulb. Old fashioned light bulbs waste a lot of energy, and actually give off more heat energy than light.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that limits when the heating or air conditioning comes on. For example, when no one is in the church or school, the thermostat can be programmed to 55° Fahrenheit. During times when people are working, studying and worshiping, stay within the 68-78 zone for winter and summer  
  • Put inside lights on timers, and both inside and outside lights on motion sensors.
  • Replace old appliances with Energy Star appliances.
  • Insulate, seal cracks and leaks, and check or replace storm windows.
  • Consider replacing singlepaned windows with doublepaned windows. The return on investment will take only a few years.​​​​

The implementation process inevitably involves surprises and demands some flexibility. Be sure to keep energy management team members informed of progress and setbacks. Communicate frequently with all congregation stakeholders about your energy management plan so they understand the bigger picture and how it relates to changes they see occurring.

For more aggressive action, consider putting rooftop solar panels on the church, rectory, or school…or all of them! Mass Save can help your parish decide whether solar is best for you. If you'd like to learn about more ways to incorporate sustainability and renewables at your parish, both Mass Energy and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have options you can explore in the realm of renewable electricity such as wind energy and hydropower. As mentioned in other actions, Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light serves as great resource for your environmental stewardship plans and provides you with technical briefs and very informative documents on energy efficiency.