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Essex parishes continue 'green' efforts

Holy Family-St. Lawrence Parish in Essex Junction is continuing its efforts to care for the Earth, shedding light on the possibilities churches have to save money and to reduce their energy consumption.
Parking lot lights at Holy Family Church and St. Lawrence Church were converted to LED lights.
The new bulbs require 14 watts of power to operate; the old ones took at least 100 watts. By implementing this change St. Lawrence Church will reduce the cost to light the parking lot by 85; Holy Family will reduce its cost by 67 percent.
“These were very simple changes to make. Both projects were completed in less than a half day of time,” commented David Robideau, a Parish Council member. “It's important to realize that big savings to energy usage can happen without spending a lot of time. LED lights bulbs are extremely efficient, and there is a conversion kit available that will modify existing light fixtures to LED to meet most applications.”
The parish worked to make church buildings more energy efficient and has implemented "Green Kitchen Guidelines" for all parish groups and outside organizations renting the parish hall as well as recycling and composting programs.
“We are constantly working on becoming more energy efficient,” said Edmundite Father Charles Ranges, pastor. “Besides protecting our environment, it just makes sense and is saving us money.  We need to be good stewards of the financial resources that come our way and, of course, we need to be good to ‘Mother Earth.’”
He said the parish’s buildings are generally energy efficient, but there is always room for improvement.  “With the improvement on our buildings, our gas and electricity bills are lower,” he noted.
St. Pius X Church in Essex Center, also under the pastoral care of Father Ranges, is becoming energy efficient. “The parking lot lights are LED. The church building will soon become undergo an energy audit. In our parish hall, we have stopped using disposable coffee cups, glasses and dishes,” he said. “St. Pius is onboard our move to become environmental friendly.”
“Everyone has a responsibility to be good stewards for the natural resources that God has provided,” Robideau said.
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