Expert solutions for heating churches


    Category
    Diocese of Bristol
    Date
    14 January 2013
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    Shrinking the Footprint

    Keeping an historic church warm for community use while conserving its heritage features and minimising the environmental impact is a real challenge, especially at a time of rising energy prices.

     

    However, a recent national conference on energy use in churches has generated a range of information and guidance for parishes struggling with the cost of keeping congregations warm.

     

    Presentations given at the

    Heating without the Hot Air Conference

    suggested that twenty-five per cent of churches can make simple savings using heating controls and churches can even become ‘zero carbon’.

     

    Other facts include:

      All churches can make quick savings from lighting

      Old boilers can be 30 per cent inefficient and a replacement can pay back in four to five years

      The first Zero Carbon Church - St Michael’s, Withington - saves 12.1 tonnes of carbon per year

      Other resources from

      ChurchCare

      and the Church of England’s

      Shrinking the Footprint campaign

      are also available.