"On a visit to Fiji over a year ago……I saw how climate change has already begun to impact the lives of local people. One of them told me, and these are words I will never forget."

"For you Europeans, climate change is a problem for the future. For us it is a problem of everyday survival."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, in his presidential address to the Anglican Consultative Council.

What's on offer?

We are offering low cost subsidised* energy audits to churches within the dioceses of Bristol, Canterbury, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester and Manchester. Some other Diocese already offer energy audits through arrangements in their diocese. If you are not sure, ask your Diocesan Environment Officer. The audits are priced at £70 (+VAT), the usual cost is £420 (+VAT). This is a pilot scheme which is why it is only being offered to churches in the dioceses at this stage.

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Why have an Energy Audit?

There are many benefits to carrying out a comprehensive energy survey of your Church to provide advice on the main energy & cost saving opportunities.  An energy survey 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.

What are Energy Surveys?
A building energy survey 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 Survey?
Buildings offer many opportunities to reduce energy use and costs. An energy survey 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 Surveys undertaken?
  • Our experienced energy surveyors from esosenergy.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 Survey 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.

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 Survey Report, with recommendations including what investment is required, annual cost savings, carbon savings and financial return on investment period.

*The subsidy for this pilot comes from Total Gas & Power, our principal energy suppliers.

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