Thank you so much for your interest in receiving an Energy Savings Analysis through NCIPL’s emPOWERed program. One of the first steps in requesting an NCIPL Energy Savings Analysis (Energy Audit) is to complete an Energy Analysis Application for Participation.
Scroll down to complete theEnergy Analysis Application for Participation online.
- Make the process simple by using our checklist overview of the auditing process.
- Click here for a brochure that can be shared with others in your faith community.
- Invite other faith communities to your energy savings analysis using this sample letter.
Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Click to Submit an Application for an Energy Analysis
Connecting with your energy auditor
Once this form has been received, your information will be sent to the energy auditor for your region. They will work with your contact to schedule a date for the energy savings analysis.
Benchmarking your baseline
It is important benchmark your current baseline. You will be asked to provide 12 to 24-months of your most recent utility billings of electricity, oil, natural gas as applicable, including the current rate structure. Billing history should include energy usage (eg. kWh, kW, Therms, etc.) and costs. Many utilities provide online billing and usage histories for their customers. Ask your account rep or visit your utility online. Once you have the records, your energy auditor will walk you through how to analyze these records for your baseline.
Planning the event
An energy savings analysis normally takes about two hours.
You will want to determine who from your congregation you want to be present. Please ensure that one clergy member as well as someone with an understanding of the faith community’s building and grounds (including the heating and cooling system) are present. Please also invite one or more youth representative. Having a youth participate is highly informative on both ends and a great way to engage multiple generations in the energy efficiency conversation. One designated note-taker, to ensure that findings and recommendations are recorded, need to attend. The more people who are engaged in the process from within your congregation, the easier it will be for you to find the momentum and support to make needed changes.
We have also found inviting local churches to be a part of your audit to be helpful to your larger community and to you. Sometimes, collaborative projects can evolve that benefit everyone, and knowing who in your local area you can call with questions can be very useful. We can even help you locate others in your area who have either done an energy audit already or might be interested in one. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this form has been received, you will receive an email with a template invitation you can edit and use.
Spreading the word
Because we believe in the importance of everyone doing what they can to conserve energy and move to clean energy wherever possible, we ask that you promote the energy savings analysis on your website and in your bulletins, and let us put you on our map on our website. Afterwards, if you realize any benefit from the analysis, we hope you will write up a little success story we can share on our website. We believe this is a great encouragement and model for others. We are gathering data of cost savings across NC, and might wish to publish our findings through our website, eblasts and brochures, and we hope you will let us include you in our study. If you did not check the box for confidentiality, but you have concerns about any of these requests, please let us know at email@example.com.
The person you have assigned to be our contact for scheduling and coordinating your energy savings analysis will receive an email soon with further information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 919-828-6501 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Faith and Hope,
Your Team at NCIPL