Expert solutions for heating churches

First published 14th January 2013
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 Michaels, Withington - saves 12.1 tonnes of carbon per year

Other resources from ChurchCare and the Church of Englands Shrinking the Footprint campaign are also available.

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