Seattle Chapel Sings the Praises of Energy-Efficiency Measures

Case Study, CFLs, Congregational buildings, Heating and cooling, Insulation, Lighting, Plug loads, Windows

The Georgetown Gospel Chapel in Seattle, Washington, implemented a wide range of energy-efficiency and -conservation measures to mitigate its environmental impact, reduce operational costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere. By targeting a variety of different areas including lighting, insulation, heating, cooling, windows, and appliances, the chapel was able to save nearly $5,000 annually, with a simple payback period of just three years. Even better, these improvements have provided labor, safety, and insurance benefits in addition to monetary savings. Higher levels of insulation and energy-efficient windows help to ensure that the Chapel rarely has to rely on its heaters, improving comfort while saving money, and allowed the building to eliminate one of its gas furnaces entirely. In addition, the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and linear fluorescent lighting instead of incandescent bulbs means that fewer change-outs are needed—a boon, given that much of the lighting is high up and difficult to reach.

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