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"Green" your church's buildings and property

How much of the earth’s resources does it take to run your church?  Electricity, water, and maybe gas are all used in running your church building from day to day.  There are lots of tools available to help you to measure and reduce the amount of resources your church uses. 

Energy

Do an energy audit: Find out how much electricity your building uses, and where, and learn how you can cut back.

Switch to GreenPower: GreenPower is government accredited renewable energy, sourced from the sun, the wind, and wastes, and available through the National Electricity Grid. Switching to GreenPower is only a phone call away. This very simple and practical step sends a powerful message to the market and effectively helps to prevent climate change.

Put a solar hot water heater on the roof of your manse: Few church buildings have much need for hot water.  However, church residential properties do!  Around a third of the electricity used in a home is for heating hot water.  Getting a solar hot water heater is very effective (and cost effective) way of reducing electricity consumption.  Rebates of $1,000 are available from the Australian Government to install solar and heat pump hot water systems to replace electric storage hot water systems.  Churches don't quality for the rebate program.  However, people living in residences owned by churches can access the rebate as long as they apply for it personally.

Install solar panels: Does your church have a north-facing roof?  In addition to reducing the energy use in your church and switching to GreenPower, perhaps your church could consider installing solar photovoltaic panels and generating your own electricity.

Water

Install a rainwater tank: And use the water for your church’s gardens, why not consider installing a rainwater tank?  You could also consider using the water for flushing your toilets.  This is a more expensive option because of the plumbing alterations involved, so check with your local council to see if there are other grants that you could access.