I moved to Augusta in 2008 to cover religion for the Chronicle. I didn't know a soul this far South at the time, but the area is quickly becoming home. Before then, I covered the cop beat and crime while working at a newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I got my start in Virginia writing features for a community weekly while in college.
Posted August 9, 2011 03:30 pm - Updated August 9, 2011 04:03 pm

Save money on your power bills.

The Rev. Jim Silcox, associate rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, talks about ways they are trying to make the church more energy efficient.

Churches are saving money on their power bills and now you can, too.
In January, St. Paul's Episcopal Church hosted a clergy luncheon encouraging congregations to save money on power bills by participating in energy-saving programs developed by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.
The Decatur-based nonprofit works with congregations around the state to reduce power costs. Congregations, in turn, have more money to spend on missions and service in the community.
Now, the church will host a similar workshop for homeowners.
On Saturday, a free home energy audit training class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church, 605 Reynolds St. The program is geared to the faith community, but anyone is welcome.
Participants will learn:
• How to reduce home utility bills by using less energy
• How to make a home more energy efficient
• How to use fewer resources and become better stewards of creation
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light representatives will share about Power Wise, the program that's helping churches like St. Paul's save energy.
In May, the church became the first in the Augusta area to apply for and receive a Georgia Interfaith Power & Light matching grant for $7,750 to upgrade their lighting, insulate the sanctuary's attic and install digital thermostats. In its first year, the church saved $2,000 off its $100,000 water, gas and electric bills.
Reservations are required. RSVP online, email info@gipl.org or call 404-588-9978.