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Prestonwood Baptist Church
Prestonwood Baptist Church was founded in 1977 and has grown rapidly since Dr. Jack Graham became pastor in 1989. Today, the Church has more than 26,000 members, a 7,000-seat worship center and nearly 1 million square feet of space, including: a Student Ministry Building; Prestonwood Christian Academy (with 1,400 pre-K-12 students); a sports organization; the Prestonwood Foundation; and the Caring People Network.
In early 2006, the executive staff at Prestonwood became increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and a total utility cost that exceeded $2 million annually. Coupled with wanting to save money for the ministry, Church leaders believe they have a faith-mandated role in protecting the environment and a need to show community leadership in providing energy-efficient, green solutions. The result of efforts they have made since that time is nearly $750,000 in energy savings and more than $1 million in total savings on all utilities including water.
Prestonwood Baptist created the position of Energy Educator Manager. “It allows daily focus and support to ensure consistent implementation and helps us develop in-house expertise,” says Ron Johnson, who was appointed to the position.
Although energy awareness and usage patterns have been key elements of the Prestonwood energy usage reduction program, they also installed occupancy sensors in 90 restrooms and continue to tune and service the HVAC systems. They use CFLs throughout their facility, reduced hot water temperature settings and added an upgraded energy management system. As part of the education efforts, monthly and quarterly incentive awards are made to Church and school staff who exhibit outstanding participation in the energy program. An energy management break-out session, “Home Energy,” was added to the annual “Money Matters” seminar conducted for members. ENERGY STAR qualified products and equipment are also used and installed whenever possible, according to Mr. Johnson.
The energy conservation programs at Prestonwood Baptist are saving more than 6,000,000 kWh of electricity and 72,000 therms of natural gas. The result is approximately $725,000 in annual energy cost savings, a reduction of more than 33% averaged between the Church and school. They are also helping the environment by preventing the release of 10.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the air.