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 [at] leeds.anglican.org (Jemima Parker) for more details.
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.
Try 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.