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Join the 2013 Battle of the Buildings with ENERGY STAR!

Did you know? According to ENERGY STAR (www.energystar.gov/congregations), most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance. It's the perfect program for your congregation to join as part of the Year of Action.

With free information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, your synagogue can improve stewardship of your energy and save money which can be used for more important congregation needs.

Registration is now open for the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Sign up by May 31 to compete and promote stewardship of natural and financial resources!

Now in its fourth season, the Battle of the Buildings is a Biggest Loser-style competition to see who can reduce their energy waste the most. It’s a fun way to get your whole congregation involved in the serious opportunity to save money for your mission while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, last year’s waste-trimming competitors saved an average of $25,000 and reduced energy consumption by 8 percent. And the winning building reduced its energy use by 52 percent!

Registration closes May 31, 2013, and signing up is easy. Just download the step-by-step instructions from www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings to register one, several, or all of the buildings in your portfolio. Also visit this page to sign up for a webinar on how to register for the 2013 competition, read the rules of the game, download frequently asked questions, and get advice from past winners.

Back in the year 2000, I worked for ENERGY STAR for Congregations. It's a great program which encourages congregations to take steps to save energy and become ENERGY STAR certified! I encourage everyone to join the Battle of the Buildings before the end of May!

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