Energy efficiency is really important for our churches so that we can maintain comfortable levels of warmth and illumination without having a detrimental impact on the environment. It can also lead to financial savings.
However, one of the significant barriers for churches is knowing what positive actions they can undertake. To resolve this, the Diocese of Guildford, in conjunction with Parish Buying, is offering free energy audits to the first ten churches who apply.
The energy audits, carried out by professionals with experience of historic places of worship, will look at a range of energy uses in the church building, from lighting to heating, and recommend the energy and carbon reduction measures available. These can include simple changes that will cost nothing – such as setting adjustments and changing practices – as well as options for renewable technologies, better controls, or changes in equipment. In addition to giving you a sense of what is possible, the professional reports will be helpful for fundraising.
The audits will be carried out towards March and will go quickly so please apply quickly. Find out more about energy audits, including the application form and some frequently asked questions, in the environment resources section of the website.