EPA’s Energy Star Congregation’s Guide

This workbook serves as a resource and planning guide for clergy, staff, and laypersons of houses of worship who want to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. They can do this by implementing realistic and cost effective energy improvement projects. Download the guide and appendices for free below. Be sure to also find out who near you (see map and select “Energy Steward”) has become a part of the EPA’s Portfolio Manager program and/or has tried some of these suggestions in their house of worship.

The United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) to create this workbook. They collaborated through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Commercial Buildings Research Group.

EPA’s Energy Guide for Congregations

Quick Start with a Treasure Hunt! (Have your youth group or social ministry team try it!)

Appendices to support EPA Guide


All energy, water, and monetary savings listed in this document are based upon average savings for end users and are provided for educational purposes only. Actual savings will vary based on energy, water, and facility use, national weather data for your locality, energy prices, and other factors. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are calculated based on emission factors reported to the U.S. EPA by the electric utility provider serving your ZIP Code. Data referenced in this document is provided by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE’s NREL