Church polishes off energy upgrades

The Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Peterborough recently completed a major sustainability effort.

In 2009 the Church achieved “Green Sanctuary” status, signifying that it had undertaken the process of reducing its carbon footprint through a series of actions and upgrades that started with an energy audit and then included increasing the building’s insulation, purchasing energy efficient appliances and a hot water heater, installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, weather stripping and installing programmable thermostats, and more.

The final step, which was completed recently, was putting eight storm windows on the huge sanctuary windows for which the Church contracted Andy Roeper of Winn Mountain Restorations of Lyndeborough, a specialist in restoring antique windows.

The project, which cost just over $13,000, was funded with the help of New Generation Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to developing and funding green projects. Since 2006, NGE has saved organizations more than $500,000 in energy costs and more than 5 million pounds of CO2.

New Generation Energy featured the Church’s project on its Green Project Listing Site, a donation website dedicated to green energy and energy efficiency projects at nonprofits nationwide.

Through this site, Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church supporters and eco-conscious individuals donated to the project, and on certain days the donations were matched by NGE. One contributor was the DD Bean Foundation, which gave donation of $1,500.

NGE’s Executive Director Chuck Lewin said, “New Generation Energy is very excited to be a part of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church’s greening process. We believe the green improvements this church has made and the dedication is has to the environment will inspire sanctuaries and other nonprofits nationwide to do the same. We’re proud to feature this project on our Green Project Listing Site.”

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