Going Green Energy Education
First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks (FBCIR) has taken a proactive step in good stewardship of energy, the environment and ministry dollars by embarking on a comprehensive energy conservation and management program with Energy Education, a national company whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $1.5 billion. FBCIR’s program began June 1, 2009. The church hired an Energy Education Specialist who received intensive training from Energy Education personnel to implement conservation procedures throughout the system. The Energy Education Specialist conducts regular energy audits to ensure that churchgoers are comfortable during scheduled activities, and that energy is used only as necessary. The Energy Education Specialist is responsible for helping to motivate church staff and members to use energy wisely, keep campus rooms comfortable, and practice other smart energy strategies.
"We are excited to partner with an organization that has had so much success implementing this program and the realization that we can lower our energy consumption by changing our habits"
Tim Ferguson, Church Administrator
All costs of the Energy Education program come from the existing utility budget, with savings projected to more than pay for the program---ensuring that the program is self-funded. Additional savings can be reserved for other parts of the budget. Many organizations have credited this program with helping keep personnel and maintain programs that otherwise would have fallen victim to budget cuts. In addition, Energy Education provides free support after the paid term of the contract, as long as the program is implemented. The energy savings continue for many years.
As a key part of the program, the Energy Education Specialist will track energy consumption---including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil---using energy-accounting software. The software compares current energy use to a baseline period and calculates the amount of energy that would have been used if conservation and management practices had not been implemented. It adjusts for weather, equipment additions or deletions, and changes in building use. By tracking consumption and analyzing energy use, the software helps the Energy Education Specialist quickly identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
Energy Education’s innovative energy conservation program is a win-win alliance that trains client personnel to create substantial energy savings, and is funded solely by the savings the program generates. Organizations can reserve additional saved energy dollars for other resources. Energy Education has worked with more than 900 educational organizations and churches across the nation, positively impacting the educational and ministerial environment for over 12 million children and helping clients save more than $1.5 billion in 23 years.
For more information, see www.energyeducation.com.