I love learning about new cultures and different religions. And one of the great things about living in such a diverse area of town is getting to know my neighbors, many of whom come from different countries all around the world.
I saw my neighbor, Peter, who was outside relaxing on his porch one morning and I decided to go over and talk to him and see how he and his family were doing and how they were adjusting to their new home.
Peter said everything was going well and he just spoke to his mom, Sue, who is a member who is a member of a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Colorado. Apparently, Sue was reading the Citizen Telegram one morning when she came across an article that talked about how another church of the same religious affiliation joined a clean energy challenge.
I was so surprised to hear this because normally, I think of schools and college dorms competing in these types of contests. Who knew that religious institutions did, too?
One of the most fascinating ways that this Seventh Day Adventist Church in Colorado was attempting to beat competitors was by trying to reduce its power consumption by lowering the building's programmable thermostat. Energy-efficient lighting was also installed.
Peter said that his mother was so intrigued and impressed by the article, that she is going to talk to her church's officials and see if members of the parish would be interested in partaking in a similar competition.
Toward the end of our conversation, I asked Pete if programmable thermostats used less energy than its manual counterparts. Pete, an electrician, told me that one of the benefits of manual thermostats was that they are cheaper and sometimes easier to operate and understand than their those that are programmable.