In January 2012, we started the Green Sanctuary Task of the Month (ToM) Program. The start-up goal for household sign-ups in the first month of the program was 100. At last count, 97 households have initially agreed to participate…a 97% success rate! More are expected to climb on the bandwagon as the project goes into its second month in February.
“This is fantastic,” said Deb Edgecombe, who is leading the charge for this energy-saving, environment-enhancing program. “We also know that, at last count, at least 10 households have already completed the first ToM project—insulating their hot water heaters—and others have no doubt done so by now, so we’re off to a great start.”
The Task of the Month Program has established monthly household projects to help reduce our collective CO2 footprint. And, save us money while we do it. The project for January was insulating the household water heater. For February it is replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy saving CFL bulbs…a total of 6 inside and 1 outside.
Each month, there will be a drawing among participating households for an environmental-related prize. The winner for the first month was Nancy Cobb who won a $25 Lowes Gift Certificate. Congratulations, Nancy!
To be eligible to win, all you have to do is sign up to participate. And, if you sign up and have already done the project please let the committee know so they can track the project’s completion rate.
“Best of all,” said Ray Wilson, chair of the UUI Environmental Sustainability Committee (the Green Sanctuary team), “if we all participate and complete all of the year-long ToMs, we can save around a million pounds of CO2, greatly reducing our footprint on the environment. Wouldn’t that be something to brag about?”
“Also,” Wilson added, “if you’ve been wondering about the 33% stickers on all of the electrical switches and outlets in the church, that’s our goal at UUI…to save 33 percent of the energy the church normally uses.”
Energy savings in the church plus savings in the home with the ToM program. Please help us meet our goals. Contact a Green Sanctuary committee member and sign up to participate in the Task of the Month Program today then participate as fully as you can. We’ll all benefit as will the environment!