Christian Gospel Center Church (Detroit), under the leadership of Supt. Marcus R. Ways, Sr., Pastor and Founder, has earned ENERGY STAR Certification. That means their building is more energy efficient than 75% of other similar buildings nationwide!
As a part of joint initiative through Michigan IPL and DTE Energy, CGC received an energy audit and some efficiency upgrades, including:
• Caulking and foam insulation around windows
• Door sweeps and weather-stripping
• Installation of low-flow faucets
• Installation of energy efficient light bulbs
• Better use of programmable thermostats
• Changing the furnace and air conditioning filters
• Loosening the bulbs on the pop machine so that the light didn’t stay on all of the time
• Better use of ceiling fans to circulate airflow to help with heating and cooling
• Installation of water heater pipe insulation
• Upgraded the outside lighting
• Reduced electrical plug load
After these simple, inexpensive upgrades were made, CGC’s Office Manager, Marva Swanigan noted, “We have really started to notice a difference with our bills. And we are definitely noticing that there is no more draftiness by the doors and windows.”
After tracking their utility bills in Portfolio Manager, a free EPA energy monitoring website, and with the help of an architect from the US Green Building Council-Detroit Chapter, they earned their ENERGY STAR certification in August of 2014.
Christian Gospel Center is now not only saving money on utility bills, but are helping create a healthier planet for all. Congratulations, Christian Gospel Center, and may you continue to be a shining example of earth stewardship!