The Diocese of Oxford has been giving churches access to the national Shrinking the Footprint Energy monitoring scheme since 2012. The energy monitoring aims to build a better understanding of our energy usage and total carbon footprint so we can support energy saving actions and meet our commitment to protecting God’s creation.
The scheme, which was piloted in the Diocese of Oxford in 2012, gives all CofE churches and schools in the diocese the opportunity to use, for free, energy monitoring software that will help track and reduce energy use.
Funding for the national ran out at the end of 2013. However, thanks to support from Low Carbon Oxford, churches in the Diocese of Oxford will still be able to use the software throughout 2014, when we hope national funding will be available to develop the scheme further nationally.
Four good reasons to measure church energy:
- A better understanding of building efficiency
- Compare energy usage with others
- Share your commitment with the local community
- Save money
There are a range of resources to help you and your church start monitoring your energy use with the scheme – these can be found on the Shrinking the Footprint website at: www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint/ways-to-take-action/energy-efficiency/audit
Shrinking the Footprint, the CofE’s national environmental campaign has produced case studies on progress from a number of churches already in the scheme, including:
The Church has been tracking their energy and have made reductions through more efficient controls on heating and energy use. Energy monitoring on sMeasure enabled them to identify an unexpectedly high use of energy caused by an issue with the organ heater, which was promptly fixed and would have otherwise only been spotted with a high energy bill later in the year.
St Mary’s Church, Wargrave, and St Peter’s Church, Knowl Hill, Oxford
These two churches undertook an energy audit, which helped identify a number of easy energy saving. In addition, they installed thick insulation into the roof. They are now using the Shrinking the Footprint Energy Audit to see what savings will have resulted.
St George the Martyr’s Church, Newbury
This 1930s Church has embarked on major energy saving over the last several years. They have installed 129 photo voltaic panels to generate electricity; insulated the roof; installed secondary glazing of a large window; and now the final stage of the work is installing ground source heating. The vision of St George the Martyr shows the role of the Church for demonstrating new technologies and what can be achieved a local level with commitment and ambition.
Read all the case studies at www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint/projects-and-case-studies