Creation Care strives to inspire, educate and call the people of Trinity Episcopal Church to action as faithful and responsible stewards of God’s Creation. We plan events and activities throughout the year to help everyone become better stewards of our earth. We encourage active engagement. Please consider leading or volunteering at an event; participating in the task-of-the-month program; or stewarding your own domain by signing the Creation Care Covenant.

Contact Ben Brabson or Karen Smith for more information about the Creation Care Committee. (contact information below)

 

Creation Care Covenant

Creation Care Covenant: As a member of Trinity Church Bloomington, I join with our congregation and the Trinity Creation Care Committee to reduce my household energy usage over the next year.

Task of the Month Program

Looking for ways you can reduce your household energy use over the next year? A quick search on the Web or trip to the hardware store will reveal hundreds of ideas. The Task of the Month program is a plan that allows you to step into energy and money savings, doing a little bit every month to improve your overall efficiency.

  • January: Insulate water heater and lower water heater temperature to 120F. Savings: $15/yr
  • February: Insulate water pipes. Savings: $3/yr
  • March: Install and use a programmable thermostat. Savings: $60/yr
  • April: Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Savings: $25/yr
  • May: Air dry clothes in summer; wash clothes in cold water. Savings: $60/yr
  • June: Increase AC thermostat by at least 3 degrees F. Savings: $20/yr
  • July: Replace 6 interior and 1 exterior incandescent bulbs. Savings: $40/yr
  • August: Weatherize windows and doors. Savings: $30/yr
  • September: Seal large air leaks. Savings: $80/yr
  • October: Add attic insulation; seal and insulate ducts. Savings: $200/yr
  • November: Lower thermostat in winter by at least 2 degrees Savings: $20/yr
  • December: Cut phantom energy loads by half or more. Savings: $25/yr
  • For specific info about each task, see Earth Care Bloomington’s website at http://earthcareindiana.org/node/119.

Creation Care committee

 

Track your home energy use/reductions:

As an Indiana OED solar grant recipient, Trinity has committed to engage a third or more of its households to reduce home energy use by at least one seventh. Please complete the following simple survey and save your results, so we can share our successes and report them to the OED:

 Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light’s “Household Energy Conservation Survey” at https://iucsr.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8dWOX7oGRD4B35q

IMPORTANT: the H-IPL survey should be submitted only ONCE per household. 

Also, please save your results (percentage received at end of survey) and email to Karen Smith at tvagerbiler@yahoo.com for compilation.  Thanks!

Reduce Home Energy Costs, Raise $25 for Trinity!

Energizing Indiana has streamlined requirements for its free Home Energy Assessment program, so if you weren’t eligible before, you may be now.  Assessments must be completed by Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for Trinity to receive credit, so register now!  Eligible homes meet the following criteria:

  1. Single family detached home, duplex, triplex, quad, or mobile home (owner-occupied or rented).  REMC utilities and stacked apartments don’t qualify at this time.
  2. Homes must be built prior to January 1, 2010 (no longer have to be 10+ years old).
  3. Homes must not have had a utility-sponsored assessment in the past three (3) years.

Scheduling is easy:

  • Click here to access the online application form.
  • The step-by-step enrollment guide walks you through the scheduling process.
  • Spread the word to your family and friends!

Read more information on our Q&A!