The toolkit helps building managers track energy usage, climate change emissions, set goals for emissions cuts and energy efficiency, and prioritize investments in efficiency upgrades. They also get:
- Technical support from Energy Star
- “How-to” guide for analyzing and upgrading the facility (including a detailed Building Upgrade Manual)
- Energy equipment and service contractors and utilities
- Information about Energy Star labeled products
- National and local recognition
- Public relations materials to promote your efforts
- Marketing Resources
There are about 370,000 houses of worship in the U.S.; if they improved their energy efficiency by 10 percent, they would prevent more than 1 million tons of climate change emissions and represent a cost savings of about $315 million a year.
Houses of worship that use the Energy Star toolkit and meet standards for the program could earn a performance rating and the Energy Star label for their congregation buildings.