Category Archives: Green Jesus

About Green Jesus

From 2008 to 2011 I posted a dozen articles on things churches could do to save their energy dollars. I wrote these while living on the island of St Croix which had the highest kilowatt-hour costs in the USA.  I … Continue reading

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The Rising Cost of Driving to Church

I originally wrote this in 2008 when gasoline went to $4 a gallon. I revised it in April 2011 gas when it hit $4 again. In 2015 it precipitously dropped. Yay!   But I’m saving this blog post for when the price goes … Continue reading

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More Ways to Cut the Church’s Utility Budget

Here in the “Green Jesus” category of SundayResources.net, I’ve been posting ideas to cut the church energy budget. Here are two low-cost gadgets and a description of LED lights that can start saving your church money now. Thermal Leak Detector … Continue reading

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EnergyStar resources for congregations

“Most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance. With free, unbiased information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, your congregation can more easily improve stewardship of your budget’s … Continue reading

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Dumb Green & Half Green

Elsewhere in this blog, I’ve addressed a common problem seen in numerous churches… that of “muddling along.” Sometimes it’s due to lack of vision and leadership. Other times it’s because people and churches are satisfied doing “enough” to satisfy their … Continue reading

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Avoid being an “Eco-Tourist” Church

Churches follow fads like everyone else, and “caring about the environment” is one of the latest “cause celebs” many have suddenly discovered.  They change a few lightbulbs, put out a recycle bin on Sunday morning, preach a green sermon, and pronounce themselves “green” … Continue reading

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AC: turn it off/down while you’re gone?

It’s an age old question: Is it better to leave the AC ON when you’re not in the building, -or- turn it OFF/warmer while you are gone, then turn it back on/down/cooler when needed ? ? ?  The conventional wisdom is that … Continue reading

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Green Paul: How to wage against sin

I ran across this cartoon the other day which gets right to the heart of the debate: Humans and churches have a habit of getting all fired up about the “cause de jour.”  These days that includes the environment. We … Continue reading

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Church Thermostat Wars: How to win them

Once upon a time, the cost of energy was so cheap churches could afford inefficient thinking and design when it came to their heating and cooling needs at churches. These days, we can’t afford to be dumb, let alone allow ourselves the … Continue reading

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Taming Your Asphalt Energy Monster with Trees

Your asphalt parking lot is an energy monster. Anyone who has stood in the church parking lot at noon after worship during the summer knows that black asphalt slabs are energy monsters They store massive amounts of heat, and raise the temperature … Continue reading

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10 Ideas Energy and Money Saving Ideas for your Church

This little light of mine, I’m not going to let it shine…. 1.  Install Motion Switches in Church Bathrooms. This idea comes from raising three daughters, none of whom could turn off a bathroom light to save their life. I … Continue reading

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Replace your flourescent FIXTURES too…

By now everybody knows of the BIG SAVINGS when you change your old lightbulbs out for new “CFLs” …compact flourescent lights. But did you know that some of your old flourescent FIXTURES may need to be replaced too?  According to … Continue reading

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