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Reduce Energy Use

  • Americans use way too much fossil fuel energy.
  • The average person in the U.S. generates five times the carbon emissions of the average person in China, and two hundred times that of a person in the poorest countries.
  • Scientists worldwide report that rapidly escalating climate change is being caused mainly by human activities rather than by naturally occurring fluctuations, and they project dire consequences as a result.
  • Though the Earth is already experiencing many negative consequences of global warming, it is not too late to take actions to significantly reduce our energy use and its consequences.
  • Individuals and nations around the world have recently awakened to the seriousness of the problems, and have begun tightening their energy belts.
  • Churches have a responsibility to do this too.
  • Changes we make that reduce energy consumption in our churches do make a difference.
  • We should cut energy use every way possible:
    • Turn off lights when they are not in use.
    • Use compact florescent light bulbs.
    • Turn down the heat.
    • Turn the air-conditioning off or to a higher temperature.
    • Purchase “Energy Star” appliances, electronics, lighting, and other products. (Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to aid consumers in saving money and protecting the environment.)
    • Plant shade trees.
    • Position windows for fair-weather breezes.
    • Turn off computers, printers, copiers, and televisions when they are not in use.
    • Connect electronic equipment to power strips. Turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use and overnight.
    • Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use because they can also draw phantom load power.
    • Car pool.
    • Walk, ride a bicycle, or take public transportation.
    • Consolidate errands and driving trips.
    • Eliminate unnecessary driving and flying trips.

Source: Eco-faith: creating & sustaining green congregations, Charlene Hosenfeld (Pilgrim Press, 2009)

July 31, 2021


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