Energy Conservation

The Union of Concerned Scientists ranks home heating, hot water, air conditioning, and household appliances and lighting as the next most harmful consumer activities after transportation and food consumption. In a 2001 statement to the President of the United States, prominent religious leaders said the following:

“The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Ps 24:1). In light and wind, in land and water, energy resources are abundant gifts for human well-being from our creator God. But because we are called to “till and to tend the garden” (Gen 2:15), we have a moral obligation to choose safe, clean and sustainable sources of energy to protect and preserve God’s creation.”

Simple Things You Can Do

  • Turn your thermostat down to 55 degrees F at night and when you’re not home
  • Weather seal your home’s windows, doors, ducts, and plumbing
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees F
  • Turn off and unplug electronic equipment and lights when not in use
  • Change at least five light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Improve insulation in your home’s attic, crawlspace, and walls
  • Find rebates for renewables and efficiency: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy (DSIRE)
  • Invest in local ownership of renewable energy projects: Northwest SEED

Further Resources

Caring for All Creation: In the Home