Simply by changing light bulbs, congregations nationwide are saving
hundreds of dollars in electric bills — and keeping tons of carbon
dioxide out of the earth's atmosphere. It's this win-win proposition
that fuels the ELCA Energy Stewardship Program, which provides
information, grants and loans so congregations can switch to
"We cut our electricity usage about 30 percent," says Jim Schwab, who worked on the project when his congregation, Augustana, Chicago, became the first ELCA church to make the investment in 1992. Savings of $100 a month paid back the $3,000 cost in less than three years, freeing thousands of dollars for church projects.
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