Why have an Energy Audit?

How much will an Audit cost?

There are 100 subsidised Energy Audits available for churches.  The usual cost of an audit is £420 (+ VAT). Qualifying churches will receive a subsidy of £100, making the price £320 (+ VAT).


What are Energy Audits?

A building Energy Audit is a practical step to identify, quantify and prioritise tangible opportunities to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions in a building

Why do you need an Energy Audit?

Buildings offer many opportunities to reduce energy use and costs. An Energy Audit enables these opportunities to be specifically identified, quantified and prioritised. This can provide a business case for action and lead to investment on energy efficiency and renewable technology.

How are Energy Audits undertaken?
  • Our experienced energy surveyors from esos-energy.com examine the energy us on-site
  • The survey includes carry out an audit of consumption and a review of the building's services and its fabric
  • We also review operational and energy management practices
  • Our approach is in line with guidance developed by CIBSE and the Carbon Trust
An Energy Audit will typically:
  • Estimate the breakdown of energy use on-site, in terms of the main energy users.
  • Aim to benchmark the site energy performance against similar premises, based on available energy use and building data.
  • Examine the energy supply and the distribution arrangements, including the main metering points and the site metering strategy.
  • Identify the building occupancy profile, the building's use and any environmental conditions and requirements.
  • Examine the building's fabric, services and controls.
  • Review the energy management procedures and policy on-site, including staff resources, monitoring, targeting, procurement and maintenance.
  • Identify a range of energy and cost-saving opportunities, including the most cost-effective, any costs, payback periods and carbon savings.
  • Provide recommendations to save energy and costs, ranging from zero and low-cost opportunities to those that require capital investment.
  • Include a prioritised plan of action and basis for investment.
What are the benefits of having an Energy Audit?

There are many benefits to carrying out a comprehensive Energy Audit of your Church to provide advice on the main energy and cost saving opportunities.  An Energy Audit will include an assessment of the feasibility of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies, in order to reduce a building's energy consumption and carbon footprint.

How much energy can I save?

Each building presents different opportunities, but typical energy savings can be around 20% of current consumption. Each opportunity will be itemised in the Energy Audit Report, with recommendations including what investment is required, annual cost savings, carbon savings and financial return on investment period.

Where can I find the Energy Footprint Tool?

You can find the Energy Footprint Tool here and submit it here.

The easy-to-use Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) will tell your church what your "carbon footprint" is, based on the energy you use to heat and light your buildings.

Over 4,500 churches have already used the EFT.


To win one of three FREE Energy Audits, just send an email with FREE ENERGY AUDIT in the subject line.  Make sure you include in the body of the email your name, church and diocese and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The winners will be drawn on Friday 15 July 2022

"It is good to have an independent person pointing out what you fail to see, e.g. change of energy supplier, and for us, how little the church is actually used. We have begun the process of changing to LED bulbs, which is our first step towards a greener and cheaper to run church!"
"Until you have an energy audit, you do not know what you can do to move to a greener less polluting organisation."

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