An energy audit is the first step in understanding the current energy consumption in the synagogue facility (or home) and how to improve upon its efficiency. Energy audits can be conducted by professional engineers and participating local utility companies; or you (and members of the congregation) can do it yourselves.
…Here are some other additional energy saving suggestions from www.stopglobalwarming.org:
- Insulate your water heater and turn the thermostat down to 120 degrees – save 1500 lbs of CO2 and $70 per year.
- Plant a tree – trees suck up CO2 and provide oxygen for us to breath – save 2,000 lbs of CO2 per year.
- Talk to your administrator about buying recycled paper and products with less packaging – save 1,000 lbs of CO2 a year.
- Change your synagogue's AC filter – save 350 lbs of CO2 and $150 per year.
- Raise money to replace old appliances – the older an appliance is, the less energy-efficient it is and the more pollution it emits.
Learn more at http://urj.org/green/building/audit/.