Making every dollar count seems to be the “top of mind” for every organizational leaders today, particularly if you depend on the freewill giving of your membership or donors to fund your work. That means it’s imperative that every step is taken to minimize fixed operational costs like utilities, which can be overwhelming in extreme heat or cold.
Consider taking these steps to save money on utilities:
1. Casual Friday. Consider implementing an additional casual dress day at the office in the summer months and reduce air conditioning on those days. When temperatures rise, instead of turning up the air consider loosening your tie.
2. Seal It Up. Make sure the church’s building is sealed with calk, weather stripping, and insulation. There’s nothing more frustrating than blasting the air conditioning and not cooling off the building because the air is leaking out of unsealed cracks. Regularly make sure the church building is sealed to ensure that your air (or heat) is staying inside where it belongs.
3. Green Console. Did you know that ServiceU can help you regulate the church building’s heating and air with its easy to use calendaring system? Instead of running air conditioning on Sundays from 7am-9pm why not schedule it to run from 7am-12pm and turn off during the quiet afternoon hours? This can cut costs tremendously and is easy to accomplish with the aid of tour software.
Every dollar saved means a dollar that can be applied toward meeting the needs of the hurting in your community, state, and around the world. Reducing fixed costs often forces the question of efficiency and process, both of which are difficult to focus on during times when money seems to be plentiful.
What other ministry areas or objectives could your church fund with the dollars presently allocated for fixed operational costs like utilities?