Energy & Buildings

We all want warm welcoming churches. However, heating and lighting our buildings can cost the earth, both literally and metaphorically. What can we do about it?

Join the Green Journey - our Diocesan Energy Saving Scheme. The scheme enables you to switch to a renewable electricity supply, so it’s a great way to cut your carbon footprint. Most churches also make significant savings on their gas and electric bills. Read more here
Contact Jemima Parker for more details.

 

Solar Panel Record ScreenSimple steps for energy efficiency
Use a simple Energy Checklist to make sure you are not wasting any heat.
Use the guidance form the national ChurchCare Shrinking the Footprint website.

 

Think big to keep warm and cut carbon. Be proactive for longer term solutions for the building:

a. Switching to LED lighting can reduce the electricity consumption by 80%.
While the bulbs can be expense to install the much lower running costs means that they pay
for themselves in a relatively short time.

Vicar on radiator in large churchTry out this LED Savings Calculator to see what your church could save. 

b. Get insulated. Taking every opportunity you can to insulate your church roofs, walls and floor cavities means that you save more of the heat you do generate.

c. Replacing your old inefficient boiler can reduce your gas consumption.

d. Change the pipe work and get the most out of your boiler.

e. Go for a renewable heating system. 
Read about other's experiences:

A biomass boiler – All Saint’s, Hurworth

Ground source heat pumps – St James’ Church, Baildon

Air source heat pumps – St Mary’s Church, Allerton Bywater 

Use the sun – install solar panels. Or a hydro scheme or wind turbines to generate your own electricity.

Boiler using renewables