An energy audit is the first step in understanding the current energy consumption in the synagogue facility (or home) and how to improve upon its efficiency. Energy audits can be conducted by professional engineers and participating local utility companies; or you (and members of the congregation) can do it yourselves.
Doing a Green Audit (reprinted from the Fall 2008 NATA Journal) To assess the impact of your environmental programs and policies, you must first audit your congregations operations. By measuring and understanding your current practices, you can best target the areas of waste to most effectively reduce your environmental impact. Once you establish a baseline, you can work with synagogue staff and administrators to implement policies and procedures to enhance or supplement current practices. Download the NATA Energy Audit Guide, including some bonus greening tips, presented here with permission from NATA.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Congregations can join the Energy Star for Congregations program, which offers information and technical support to help conduct an energy audit and then implement its recommendations. Energy Star also offers tips on its website regarding how to conduct a do-it-yourself energy audit as well as where to find a professional to help with your audit.