We believe that we are stewards of land, water and energy that belongs to God - not to us. Our job is to keep it ready for Him and for His people to visit. Conserving rather than wasting honors Him and also makes good financial sense.
Here are the steps we have taken ... so far:
Electric car charging station - available for visitors, community members, and Cielo employees who drive electric or hybrid cars
Geothermal HVAC system - the air conditioning uses water pumped into the ground, which chills during summer, and heats during winter … better for the environment, and lowers our electricity bills!
Ceiling fans - additional cooling and air circulation in almost every room
Insulation - including insulation in all walls (even interior - which reduces noise between rooms too), radiant barrier under the roof, and blown-in attic insulation
Reuse of water - Cielo's bottling operation produces 1 gallon of waste water for every 2 gallons purified and bottled ... that water is used instead of flushed down the drain
LED light bulbs - Used throughout the house to save energy, reduce heat, and decrease time required for maintenance
Dual-flush toilets - installed in selected bathrooms
Recycling - not easy to do in the country, but we are committed to it! (Also saves on garbage disposal costs)
Composting - more savings on garbage disposal costs, and creates healthier soil for gardens
Zero-VOC paints - used throughout the ministry center
Our future plans include:
Gray water reuse