National Capital Presbytery Earth Care Network

FUNDED POWER TO CHANGE GRANTS

As of December 2016

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD

Date of application: July 19, 2011

Purpose: Audit Data Required to Establish Priorities for Newly-Formed Earth Care Council. Funds needed to contract professional assistance in evaluating the HVAC system and building envelope, to supplement current data re: energy use in the BHPC facility. 

Grant amount requested and awarded:  $2,000.

Date awarded: December 2011

Outcome: Audit cost $5,000 and its recommendations changed the opinions of key church leaders about what action to take.  Energy efficiency became a priority and served as the major theme of Bradley Hills' 2014 capital campaign which funded a new fully insulated roof (installed early 2015), new LED light fixtures in the sanctuary (installed spring 2015) and new insulated windows for all exteriors (to be installed spring 2016). 

 

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD

Date of application: June 13, 2012.

Purpose: HVAC Energy-Efficiency improvements. To implement measures recommended by our 2011 energy audit, estimated to greatly reduce our carbon footprint and to bring down HVAC energy costs by $7,000-10,000 ·annually.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000, total budget $17,201

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? Conservative estimate of 4,500 therms per year. Using EPA conversion calculator, the project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 37+ tons per year, which is the equivalent of annual energy use of 2 private homes.

Date awarded: December 2012

Outcome: Dramatic reductions in energy costs were realized immediately upon installing a new HVAC programmable thermostat control purchased with Power to Change grant funds.  For some periods of the year energy use dropped much as 95%!  The new device was installed with other items, but it played a primary role in achieving overall 25% lower energy use over the five years from 2010 to 2015 at Bradley Hills.  [PDF available with charts indicating the pattern of energy use decline upon request to Alison.bennett72@gmail.com.]

 

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Chevy Chase, MD

Date of application: October 19, 2016

Purpose: To replace separate aging heating and cooling systems with a single, integrated environmentally responsible and energy efficient package for the sanctuary and Chadsey Hall.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? Total estimated annual reduction of lbs. CO2 emitted is 57,219 lbs, or an estimated 105,524 kWh or 62% of HVAC energy use. This corresponds to a yearly operational cost saving of $6,051 at the blended utility rates of $0.13/kWh and $1/therm.

Date awarded: December 20, 2016

Outcome:

 

Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, VA

Date of application: March 31, 2011

Purpose: to supplement its extensive efforts to improve its main building’s energy performance. This grant will be applied to expenses related to obtaining an energy audit and/or engineering design services for a replacement HVAC system and/or additional lighting improvements and the HVAC replacement project itself.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000. The total geothermal project by Shenandoah System Technologies is $185,000 up front and monthly payments for 25 years.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? According to the benchmarking tool, FCPC is responsible for approximately 196 tons of CO2 annually.  We expect savings of at least 20% of this total is obtainable, or 40 tons of CO2 per year.  If we attribute 10% of the eventual savings to the audit portion, the resultant reductions would be 100 tons over 25 years.  Potential savings from the project may be much greater than this.

Date awarded: December 2011

Outcome:  After studying several energy conservation proposals, including a major transformation of our heating and ventilation system from the existing gas and electric systems to a geothermal-based system, our church chose to upgrade many existing light fixtures with LED bulbs.  Over the course of 2 years, we spent more than twice the amount of the grant installing LED bulbs in a variety of areas around the church. Although the cost of the LED bulbs is higher than CFL or incandescent bulbs, there is a substantial advantage with LED bulbs in terms of energy use, life span, and ease of use.  LED bulbs provide instant brightness, most are dimmable and work with photocells and timers, and they are not affected by frequent on/off cycles. Our church appreciates the opportunity to explore energy conservation and environmental stewardship for our church building, a structure dating back to the 1880's that is used for many programs and ministries supported and encouraged by our congregation.

 

Geneva Presbyterian Church, Potomac, MD

Date of application: 2011

Purpose: To retrofit all inefficient florescent lights and incandescent exit signs in the church building with more energy efficient models. 

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000, total project cost $9,500

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? An annual CO2 reduction equal to 33,563 lbs. The monetary investment will be paid back in less than a year and the estimated return on the investment is over 1000%.

Date awarded: 2011

Outcome: fitted all lights and added motion sensors to entire building for cost of $5,500 from church budget, majority of funding through a PEPCO rebate program.

 

Northwood Presbyterian Church, Silver Spring, MD

Date of application: October 2013

Purpose: Replace fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs, and spotlights and hanging lights (spots and bulbs) in sanctuary, ceiling lights in Knox Hall. Northwood has in the sanctuary 19 spotlights and 18 bulbs, plus 18 bulbs in Knox Hall.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $850.00; total budget $1,743.35.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? It should reduce it by approximately 764 pounds/year.

Date awarded: December 2013/ January 2014

Outcome:

 

Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD

Date of application: October 23, 2014

Purpose: Replace 1970s era halogen in sanctuary and metal halide exterior lights with energy efficient LED fixtures.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2000; total budget $21,000.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? 42 Sanctuary lights - • Replace 250W halogen fixtures (10.5 kWh) with 40W LED (1.68 kWH), total saved = 8.82 kWh. Average of 2 hours of use per day * 7 days per week * 52 weeks per year = 6,421 kWh saved per year or 4.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide saved per year.

• 10 Exterior flood lights - Replace 250W metal halide fixtures (2.5 kWh) with 40W LED (.4 kWH), total saved = 2.1 kWh. Average of 7 hours of use per day * 7 days per week * 52 weeks per year = 5,350 kWh saved per year or 3.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide saved per year.

Date awarded: January 2015

Outcome: A comprehensive energy audit of the church lighting was conducted and a recommendation was made to install occupancy sensors throughout the facility as well as replace all exterior parking lot, building flood lights, and interior sanctuary lights with LED fixtures and bulbs.  Oaklands is in the process of finalizing the contract with their lighting vendor to make the following recommendations.

 

Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD

Date of application:  October 15, 2016

Purpose:  To implement WiFI programmable thermostats throughout our facility so energy usage can be automated, monitored, and reduced through efficiency software. To continue to replace old 1970s era halogen light fixtures in the sanctuary with energy efficient LED fixtures and bulbs.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? 8 sanctuary lights—Replace 250W halogen fixtures (10.5kWh) with 40W LED (1.68 kWh), total saved = 1.76 kWh. Average of 2 hours of use per day * 7 days per week *52 weeks per year = 1,284 kWh saved per year or 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide saved per year. 8 WiFi programmable thermostats—Projected to reduce energy costs by 15% per year. 75,600 kWh of energy used per year * 15% reduction = 11,340 kWh saved per year or 8 metric tons of carbon dioxide saved per year.

Date awarded:  December 8, 2016

Outcome:

 

Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA

Date of application: October 10, 2013

Purpose: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED and CFL bulbs and install motion light switches, to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2000, total budget, $3,999.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? We estimate an annual savings of 12,116kw (233kw/week x 52 weeks) = 8.5 metric tons of CO2 savings in 1 year.  More significantly, because the bulbs have a longer useful life than 1 year, we calculated that their purchase and installation will save 279,500kw of electricity over their useful life, which in turn results in a reduction of 197 metric tons of CO2 emissions over the life of the replacement bulbs

Date awarded: December 2013 – January 2014

Outcome: All bulbs identified in our application, plus others not originally identified at the time of application, have been replaced with either LED or CFL bulbs.  We also replaced older less efficient fluorescent fixtures with more energy efficient fixtures and bulbs.  Lastly, motion sensor switches were installed in bathrooms. Our adult education committee offered a free home energy workshop to all church members conducted by Interfaith Power and Light in early 2014. We monitor the electricity usage per our bills and have had a few months where we had an overall electricity usage reduction. For instance, our April and May 2015 electricity usage averaged about 15% less kilowatts than our April and May 2014 electricity usage.  

 

Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA

Date of application:  March 2, 2016

Purpose:  To support an interfaith advocacy group, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) (www.faithforclimate.org), that works to persuade Fairfax County Government to reduce its energy consumption thereby reducing its carbon footprint. We request help to defray FACS’ operating expenses for calendar year 2016. Providence has donated $300 to FACS and its members have donated over $300 and 100 hours of volunteer work for FACS (100 hours X $20 = $2000).   

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? Increase the energy efficiency in county buildings, including schools, by 25% over the next six years, and to publicly report energy consumption of all county buildings by the end of 2016.  Help the Fairfax County School Board establish a pilot project for several of its schools to install solar panels.  Reach out to diverse congregations and communities, including non-English speaking, low-income and the elderly, through weatherization programs, education, and other initiatives. Enter into alliances with other organizations that either share FACS’s goals or overlap in interests. FACS works in harmony with the Interfaith Power and Light, and other religious and community groups acting to avert the impacts of climate change.

Date awarded:  December 20, 2016

Outcome:   

 

Rockville United Church, Rockville, MD

Date of application: August 15, 2012

Purpose: RUC will hire an energy performance contractor to conduct an energy audit, which will inform long-range plans for energy-efficient improvements of the RUC building.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000, total project cost $5,921.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? The first quote received to date for our lighting retrofit project estimated that Phase 1 of a 5 phase project will reduce our annual carbon dioxide emission footprint from 16.0 tons to 3.7 tons, an annual reduction of 12.3 tons, by upgrading 114 incandescent lights to LED lights. The total wattage for the original 114 bulbs was assessed at 7,970 watts. The replacement LED lighting have a power rating of 1,860 watts. The resulting reduction in power was estimated to be 6,110 watts. This is estimated to yield an annual savings of $1,869/year.

Date awarded: December 2012 – January 2013

Outcome: In 2013, RUC received results of our energy audit and proceeded to complete Phase I of our lighting retrofit project. RUC’s 2012 Energy Star score of 37 increased to 41 by the end of 2013, as calculated through EPA’s Portfolio Manager. RUC continued to implement energy audit recommendations in 2014, including upgrading additional lighting to LEDs and installing dual flush toilets.

Rockville United Church, Rockville, MD

Date of application: October 25, 2014

Purpose: Implement a set of three conservation measures recommended in the church’s energy audit: programmable thermostats, occupancy sensors, and automated control of fan coil units.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000, total project cost $7,349.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? The total CO2 reduction from these systems is estimated to be 7.972 metric tons per year.

Date awarded: January 2015

Outcome: RUC plans to install these three energy management systems in 2015.

 

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, MD

Date of application: 2011

Grant Amount requested and awarded: $1,525, total project cost: $3,050

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? Estimated saving on exit lights to be 999 kilowatt hours per year

Date awarded: January 2012

Outcome: exit lights replaced by electrician. Audit performed by High Performance Home

 

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, MD

Date of application: September 30, 2013

Purpose: Hire professional firm to seal and insulate attic space to reduce energy use by increasing the insulation factor and sealing the sanctuary attic.

Grant amount requested and awarded: $2,000, total project cost $6424.

What is the likely reduction of CO2 in 12 months? Insulation value from R2 to R49 is 23 times as effective. Annual therms were 6,440 with expected savings of 644 therms following improvements (estimated 20% for the sanctuary and 50% reduction in total usage.)

Date awarded: January 2014

Outcome: Insulation upgraded over the sanctuary in summer of 2014.