New Online Store Offers Affordable Energy Efficiency Solutions for Congregations and Their Members


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Austin, TX -- Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) today
announced the launch of “ShopIPL.org,” an online store designed to help
faith communities and their members reduce global warming and air
pollution through energy efficiency. TXIPL is one of 23 “Interfaith
Power & Light” organizations throughout the country that are
collaborating to bring energy efficiency and climate stewardship to
local faith communities.

There are more than 300,000 houses of worship in the United States. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that if those
congregations reduced their energy consumption by 10 percent it would
prevent the release of more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas
emissions—the equivalent of removing 400,000 cars from the road. EPA
supports the development and maintenance if ShopIPL.org through a
multi-year grant to Interfaith Power & Light.

Bee Moorhead, director of TXIPL said, “Faith communities throughout
Texas are concerned about global warming and air pollution, and they
want to take action…but in many cases they aren’t sure what action to
take. Energy efficiency is a great place to start because for a small
investment, a family or congregation can clear the air and save money
at the same time.” Founder and director of national Interfaith Power
& Light, Reverend Sally G. Bingham, said “Everyone has a stake and
a role in reducing global warming emissions. Working together people of
faith can lead the way and we can change history.”

On ShopIPL, (www.shopipl.org)
congregations can buy proven energy efficiency products for their house
of worship including an array of compact fluorescent light bulbs,
rechargeable batteries, water heater timers, and weatherization
products and more at substantially discounted prices. Members can order
products for their own homes and businesses through the congregation,
and youth groups or other congregational ministries can use the site to
conduct fundraisers. ShopIPL.org is a useful resource for consumers who
are new to the idea of energy efficiency because the site includes
detailed descriptions of products and explains how they save energy.

Deer Park United Methodist Church

recently made a purchase at ShopIPL.org. “Energy efficiency is an
important part of becoming a ‘green congregation’, which is a
commitment our church has made. ShopIPL is easy to use for churches
because it functions a lot like the fair trade coffee programs many
congregations participate in already”, said The Reverend T. Randall
Smith, Senior Pastor at Deer Park.

Nancy Benthien is a geologist and environmental advocate as well as a
parishioner at Covenant Lutheran Church in Houston. She ordered a lamp
and compact fluorescent light bulbs at ShopIPL.org to save energy in
her home. “The experience was great. The site is easy to navigate and
the items arrived at my door in a few short days. I am recommending
this website to individuals and congregations alike for ‘green’
appliances and equipment.”

A portion of sales at ShopIPL.org are passed on to the state IPL organizations. Nathan Melson of Sloans Creek Farm
in Dodd City has a small farm business raising grass-fed beef, goat,
sheep, and pastured pork. He says he made the choice to use ShopIPL
instead of a chain store for his energy efficiency needs because it met
his personal and business goals. “I support the creation care work
Texas IPL is doing and believe God wants us to be good stewards of what
we’re given. ShopIPL makes good business sense and serves the
creation,” said Melson.

ShopIPL.org is a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light and
Energy Federation, Inc., one of the leading residential distributors of
energy efficiency-related products in the United States.

To view the site, visit http://www.shopipl.org
For more information on the national IPL movement, visit http://www.theregenerationproject.org