Green Sanctuary Task of the Month Program

Published on Jan 16th, 2012

In 2012, together we will take our UUI Green Sanctuary to a new level to reduce the ecological footprint of our congregation.

What is the Task of the Month (ToM) program?

The ToM program is a way to reduce your energy consumption by completing one simple task each month for a year. If twelve monthly tasks are completed, your energy savings could add up to $500 and you will have reduced your CO2 output by 9,357 pounds!

How can you participate?

To participate in the ToM program, send us an email at uuiesc (at)  Then, each month we will send you an email with information about the current ToM. You can find additional resources in the social hall at UUI on the Green Sanctuary bulletin board. Be sure to let us know that you completed the task so you can be entered to win a gift certificate to help you complete the task for the following month.

January’s Task

This month’s task is insulating and adjusting the temperature of your water heater. To complete the task you will need the following from any hardware store:

  • water heater insulation blanket
  • gloves and mouth/nose protection & goggles to protect you from fiberglass irritation
  • wide tape to seal insulation
  • Heavy duty scissors

Watch a video that will show you exactly what you need to do to get the job done! Watch it before you go to the store so you have an understanding of what you will need and why!

Before you start insulating, turn your water heater temperature down to 120° for more efficient operation.

If you have a question, please send us an email at uuiesc (at)

Complete to Win!

Complete the task for this month and let us know by February 10th.

On the 10th of each month we will draw a winner from those who completed the previous month’s task. The winner will receive a gift certificate to help purchase the materials for the next task!

If you have completed the task previous to the ToM program, we want to know –  you are eligible for the drawing also. Email us at uuiesc (at) to let us know you completed it, or fill out the form on ToM bulletin board in the social hall. We would love to hear about your experience completing the task, any tips or tricks you used and would enjoy sharing any photos you take!

Your ecological footprint

Do you ever wonder how much energy your household uses in easy to understand terms? Find out with the Ecological Footprint Calculator. You can answer a few simple questions to determine your footprint. Browse the site and learn many ways to reduce your footprint!

Photo Credit: Untitled from Green Jobs Now

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