Saving Energy & Money

Date posted: Friday 25 February 2022

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is very interested in reducing our expenses while promoting environmental efficiency. We had already changed standard light bulbs to LED, but we did not have the resources to do a full-scale conversion of all our 4’ ceiling ballast fluorescent tube lights and outside lighting.


Also, we have two heating systems – one for our 100+ year historic sanctuary and another for our 50-year-old Learning Center. Our heating costs were astronomical. We learned about EnerChange through the Saint Paul Area Synod. Karen Malkowski from EnerChange met with us, toured the building, and then brought in the necessary professionals to help us assess our energy needs. With Karen serving as liaison, we were able to replace over 400 ceiling lights and upgrade our outdoor lighting, saving us over $4000 in annual costs.


An Even Deeper Dive

Additionally, we learned we were being charged premium heating surcharges due to our lack of adjustable heat controls. Karen connected us with a proactive heating service who installed adjustable controls and repaired and serviced our boilers. With rebates and financing available through CEE, we were able to afford all of these upgrades without any increases to our budget.


Satisfying Results and Benefits

The lighting improvements will pay for themselves within two years and the heating within five. Our heat is better regulated, and our lighting makes the whole church brighter and more welcoming. The outside lighting has also increased safety for our guests and our building. Plus, we can now light up our tower in festive colors! We highly recommend EnerChange!


Tamra Davis Cownie
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul




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