The Islamic Center of America (Dearborn) sees itself not just as a place of worship, but as a place of belonging for the American Muslim community. Established in 1963, the Center now includes a school, banquet halls, administrative offices, and of course a worship space. With such a large campus, ICA’s annual energy bills are more than $100,000.
In an effort to be better stewards of the Earth, and of course to save money, ICA’s recent (and extremely ambitious!) goal is to cut its electricity use by 50%. As with most commercial buildings, most of ICA’s electricity is used for lighting, so the Center recently spent nearly $20,000 to convert more than 1,000 incandescent bulbs to energy-saving LEDs.
Did you know?
LEDs can last about 40 times longer than traditional incandescents while using about 1/10th as much energy
In addition to this significant undertaking, the Center also:
- Installed WiFi thermostats
- Does regular maintenance on appliances and HVAC units
- Resets its water heater thermostat seasonally (summer/winter)
- Adjusts irrigation schedule to fit season, weather, and landscaping needs
- Added insulation and air sealing at door jambs and thresholds
- Monitors energy use through EPA Portfolio Manager
Keep up the great work, ICA! We can’t wait to see what you do next.