We’ve completed over 250 energy audits through our Power Wise program since May 2010. Participating congregations have projected an energy savings of 20%. Energy efficiency works, we promise! Check out some of our success stories below for proof.

St. Luke’s Episcopal saved 46% on utilities and won Mayor Kasim Reed’s Better Buildings Challenge in Atlanta in 2014.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta reduced their energy bills by 15% after receiving an Energy Audit and Matching Grants, and won a GIPPY Award for work in energy efficiencySee the video about their success.

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta saved $40,000 on their energy bills in 2010, as reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, a small congregation in Monroe, received one of only five national awards for energy savings from the EPA. Rev. Brent Owens states, “For a church our size, an overall saving of $1,800 a year can balance a budget or help support a new program.”

Grants Awarded

• The November 2015 matching grant cycle saw total requests totaling $164,893 by 20 congregations representing the Christian community, Muslim and Jewish congregations.  Fourteen congregations were awarded funding ranging from $688 to $8865 in matching grants.  Funding available for this cycle was $40,000 in general funding and $20,000 for special funding for requests from Muslim congregations.

The Muslim congregations receiving awards included Al Farooq Masjid ($5,000 for HVAC Retro-commissioning), Dar Ul Uloom of Atlanta ($1,751 for an LED upgrade), Dar Un Noor Academy ($8,865 for WiFi thermostats and LED lighting upgrade), Islamic Community Center of Atlanta ($850 for lighting upgrade) and Mohammed Schools of Atlanta ($5,694 for WiFi thermostats and various lighting upgrades).  Interesting to note, the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta had received significant energy efficiency rebates from the Commercial Energy Efficiency Program offered by Georgia Power, which reduced their GIPL request to only $850 for a numerous energy efficiency projects.

Other awards were offered to Congregation Bet Haverim ($750 for WiFi thermostats), First Baptist Church of Blakely ($688 for LED upgrade for Choir Room), First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City ($2,979 for LED lighting upgrade), First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville ($4,811 for WiFi thermostats), Journey Men’s Shelter ($5,983 for lighting upgrade), Northminster Presbyterian Church of Roswell ($6,600 for sanctuary lighting upgrade), Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta ($5,000 for T-8 lighting upgrade for preschool area), Walnut Grove United Methodist Church ($3,000 for insulation and lighting upgrade), and White Bluff Presbyterian Church in Savannah ($3,550 for LED lighting upgrade for the sanctuary).

• In November 2014, $60,000 in matching grants were awarded to congregations. Over $90,947 in grant requests were made by 15 congregations. This was the first grant cycle in which mosques applied for matching grants through a special fund set up by One Region Atlanta, Kendeda Fund and GIPL. The Roswell Community Masjid and ILM Academy were awarded a total of $14,997, $8,304 and $6,693 respectively. The Roswell Community Masjid was approved for WiFi thermostats, blown-in attic insulation and upgrade of lighting to T-8 fluorescent lights.  Their estimated annual energy savings will be about $3,626. The ILM Academy is also installing WiFi thermostats and replacing 104 T-12 fluorescent lights with with three lamp T-8 fluorescent fixtures. Estimated annual energy savings are $2,914.

• In November 2013, $49,626 was awarded to 11 congregations. There were 15 matching grant requests for a total of $124,693. Unfortunately, over $75,000 in potential energy efficiency improvements went unfunded due to funding limitations.  Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Sandy Springs was awarded $7,956 for numerous energy efficiency projects:  WiFi thermostats, upgrade to high efficiency HVAC unit, sealing ducts and air leaks and adding insulation to side walls, blown in attic insulation and an insulated roof.  Estimated annual energy savings are expected to be in excess of  $1,500. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church was also awarded $6,875 for installing 72 WiFi thermostats, attic insulation for the administration building and upgrading an HVAC unit to high efficiency (SEER 15).  Annual energy savings for the projects are estimated in excess of $2,000.

• In November 2010, we awarded $52,064 to six congregations. One recipient, the historic First African Baptist Church in Savannah, will save over $1,000 a year on their energy bills by adding attic insulation.

• In May 2010, we awarded $42,870 to eight congregations. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School received $5,250 toward a boiler upgrade, which is estimated to decrease their operating costs by 40%.

Check out the entire list of recent recipients here.

Power Wise Participating Congregations: