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Savings Through Energy Management (STEM) for This Old House of Worship


                STEM for This Old House of Worship is a 15-hour program that teaches participants the skills needed to reduce energy consumption in their homes and houses of worship. To date, 56 congregations have participated in programs. As a result, participating congregations report substantial energy savings, reducing energy costs and the congregation's impact on global climate change.

The program covers all building energy systems, heating, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning as well as the building envelope and appliances. Participants learn to use professional equipment to test and measure the components of their buildings. They also learn how to calculate the energy and fuel to be saved by correcting problems found.  The program also includes information on utility rebates.  It is usually taught in 5 three-hour sessions, with each session meeting in a different house of worship.

In Connecticut, STEM for This Old House of Worship is sponsored by the CT Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, which also helps fund programs. The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, the Mansfield Clean Energy Committee and the Cheshire Energy Commission have provided additional financial support. Participating congregations provide the balance of the fee. In New Hampshire, the program is fully funded by Public Service of New Hampshire. 

This program provides opportunities for fellowship with people from a variety of faith traditions. Most significantly, it enables people of faith to become better stewards of the earth.

STEM for This Old House of Worship is available exclusively from Wilson Educational Services, Inc., 60 Creamery Road, Cheshire, CT. For additional information, please call 203-250-1501 or email wilsonedservices@yahoo.com. There is also information on the company website at Wilsoned.com.

This Old House of Worship

Session 1


Reasons to save energy

Overview of regional, national and global energy use                                                                                            Checking the efficiency of  the furnace

Non-renewable and renewable energy sources

Potential for saving energy and dollars

Potential for reducing production of CO2

Building survey and walk through

Calculation of energy, dollar and CO2 savings

Strategies for getting support from your congregation


Session 2

Building heating problems: controls, distribution, boiler/furnace

Domestic hot water problems

Building walk through and survey

 Calculation of energy, dollar and CO2 savings


Session 3

Building electrical problems: lighting, appliances, motors

Building walk through and survey

Calculation of energy, dollar and CO2 savings


Session 4

Building envelope problems: windows, walls, ceilings, ventilation

Use of blueprints

Finding R and U values

Building walk through

Calculation of energy, dollar and CO2 savings


Session 5

Deciphering energy bills

Finding annual energy consumption

Finding BTU/sq. ft.

Establishment of a system to monitor energy use

Effecting change: reporting findings, recommendations & savings

Evaluation of program