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Hundreds of congregations now using Energy Star's free Portfolio Manager tool

“Is There an Energy Doctor in the House?”

House of worship, that is. In recent months, hundreds of congregations have begun to use Energy Star’s free Portfolio Manager tool, joining more than 130,000 other U.S. commercial facilities in “benchmarking.” Now, in addition to Professional Engineers, Registered Architects are approved to provide the required validation of facility and energy data needed to receive the handsome recycled aluminum Energy Star plaque.  Data validation is the only cost, aside from discretionary, cost-effective upgrades in equipment or facility efficiency, in earning the Energy Star label. If a congregation’s membership includes a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, the “trusted representative” can voluntarily validate data at no cost.  The Energy Star building label equates to roughly 25-30 percent energy savings, and is accepted for energy points in the LEED rating.  Learn more and get started at www.energystar.gov/benchmark

New Insurance Discount for Energy Star Labeled Buildings

Policyholders with Fireman’s Fund can now receive a five percent discount when their insured facilities earn the Energy Star label.  Alyssa Quarforth, Energy Star’s manager for commercial properties at the EPA characterized the discount as, “…another tangible benefit to owners and operators of top-performing buildings, in addition to the reduced energy costs they are already realizing.”  Lyman Munson, VP for Risk Services and Solutions at Fireman’s Fund says, “With Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager our risk services consultants now have another tool to help our policyholders control rising energy costs, decrease carbon emissions, increase profitability and reduce risks and losses.”  Learn more at http://www.firemansfund.com/Documents/PressRelease-06-28-2010_Energy_Star.pdf

You Can Track EPA’s Response to the British Petroleum Oil Spill in the Gulf.

Anyone who has lived near or spent any time on the Gulf, is saddened and frustrated by daily news of the oil spill and its human, economic and environmental damage. To keep up with facts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s response, a Website has been created at http://epa.gov/bpspill/. Visitors can ask questions and submit technical suggestions.  You can also visit sections on to “Learn the Issues,” on “Science and Technology,’ and on “Laws and Regulations,” as well as track daily monitoring on air, water, sediment and waste management.

Conserve, Baby, Conserve!

We all need the gasoline distilled from crude oil for personal, business and recreational uses.  But how much of this valuable fuel do we waste, and what can we do to prevent the lost dollars and unnecessary pollution?  The EPA and Department of Energy jointly provide a wealth of “actionable” information for vehicle efficiency at www.fueleconomy.gov

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