Energy Efficient Houses of Worship

An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) is a simple, market-based mechanism to encourage more efficient generation, transmission, and use of electricity and natural gas. Energy efficiency refers to technologies, processes and equipment that allow us to do the same activities (or more) with less energy. It means getting better use out of the energy we consume. In practical terms, this could mean installing better insulation, buying ENERGY STAR appliances or using a programmable thermostat.

1) Reducing consumption is an inexpensive, fast way to reduce pollution. Houses of worship and individual members of congregations save money too.

2) If the U.S. adopted a national EERS (Energy Efficiency Resource Standard) to reduce electricity demand by 15% and natural gas demand by 10% by 2020, energy consumers would save $1.2 trillion on utility bills nationwide.

3) 570,000 new, permanent, high-quality jobs would be created nationwide.

4) 262 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year would be prevented.

5) The need to build 390 power plants nationwide would be eliminated.

How would Arkansas be impacted?

If the U.S. adopted strong energy efficiency provisions, the net job increase for Arkansans would be 5,600 by 2020 and 8,100 by 2030. Average Arkansas households would save $340 per year by 2020 and $870 per year by 2030. The carbon emissions avoided would be the equivalent of removing more than 1 million cars from Arkansas roads by 2020 and nearly 2 million by 2030. Arkansas could avoid eight 300-mw power plants by 2020 and fifteen by 2030.(source: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)

A fast, inexpensive way for individuals and congregations to reduce carbon emissions is to use less energy. Reducing consumption also saves money that can be used for ministries and things other than utility bills.


The best way to reduce our emissions is to use less energy.

Do you need a speaker for a class or meeting? Please let us visit you. We look forward to helping houses of worship and individuals save money. Please share this information with your congregation through printed bulletins and your website.

Individuals and congregations may visit to calculate carbon footprints, track energy usage and learn tips for reducing consumption. Save money and cut carbon emissions. Earn rewards too!