February: Increasing Energy Efficiency

For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.   (John 9:5)

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February's Action item is INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel basket. LED lights use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and could save up to 7.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide in households alone if everyone switched. Smart thermostats can save energy savings up to 20%. There are many other ways you can save energy in your home: heat pumps, better insulation and solar panels are also options to increase energy efficiency.

 

Let your love and light shine for the earth and your neighbor by refocusing on your energy this month. We invite you to share with others how you will strive for energy efficiency in your home. Small steps by all of us can make a big difference! 

Resources: 

MN Commerce Department - Energy Efficiency

 

Energy Saver, U.S. Department of Energy

City of Chaska - Clean Energy

Check with your local electric utility for renewal energy options.

Energy Star - Learn about and source Energy Star-rated appliances.

Article: "Switching to Solar: Investing in Renewable Energy"
Chaska Herald, April 23, 2020

Restoring God's Earth is used with permission from Zero Waste Church, www.zerowastechurch.org. Some content has been modified by Crown of Glory. 

Tips 

Week 1

  • Request a free Energy Savings Analysis from your electric utility.

  • Turn down your thermostat--aim for
    68 degrees in the day and 60 at night.

     

Week 2

  • Buy and install a programmable thermostat.

  • Weatherize your home; insulate hot water heater, increase insulation in the attic, etc.

Week 3

  • Switch from incandescent to LED lights; turn off lights when not in use.

  • Wash clothes in cold water. Run dishwasher with a full load and use air dry.

Week 4

  • Upgrade to Energy Star appliances. 

  • Contact your Representatives and Senators expressing your support for developing renewable energy.