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From the District Advocate for Carbon Reduction -
 

17 November 2017

Thanks to Jill for these two -

  • Hope for the Future, an organisation who encourage faith communities, local groups and individuals across the UK to engage with their MP on climate change
  • An "urgent" article on the Churches Together in England website discussing Christians and Climate Change

 

2 July 2016

And now thanks to Reese for dropping by and suggesting some links -

While I'm here, a couple of items from me -

  • I know it's currently the wrong time of year, but this is something for those of us in Warwickshire or with friends there (or in Worcestershire, Coventry or Solihull) to consider and perhaps pencil in for when it gets really cold (around freezing)
    • A thermal image survey from ActOnEnergy costs churches (and other non-commercial properties) just £100, due to a deal with the above local authorities (it's £4-500 for commercial properties), including VAT
    • For example, this can identify areas where loft insulation is missing, or where cavity wall insulation isn't working, or help to prioritise energy efficiency improvement works
  • Secondly, from speaking to David Julian at ActOnEnergy, it might be worth checking that your church isn't paying the Climate Change Levy on its utility bills; some of the official guidance is here -

 

21 February 2016

A couple more links via Laura (thanks again!) -

  • Info on different types of light bulbs; I think they were struggling to think of things to say about the different shapes, but otherwise the info looks sound
  • An easy-to-complete Home Energy Check from the Energy Saving Trust; it's only approximate, but gives indicative costs and savings of recommended energy efficiency measures
  • Then I saw some Energy Saving Trust community project case studies, some of which include churches reaching out to the community and vice-versa; how about copying their "try before you buy" light bulb scheme...
  • Finally for now, the Energy Saving Trust page on Funding and Support - because grants are one of the things I get asked about the most in this role

 

11 January 2016

Thanks to Laura for emailing me to ask if I'm still editing this page - yes, but only as-and-when...
For example, when I'm given some interesting info, such as that from Laura -

 

7 October 2013

Last week I heard a phone-in on BBC Radio 4 that recommended English Heritage as a useful source of information for those with listed buildings. Actually, there's much that's of use to all of us.

 

Also last week, our free paper in Rugby had a small article promoting a new website on energy efficiency. This includes examples of property improvements with case studies and contact details for local suppliers. There is also an energy saving calculator, but personally I wouldn't take too much notice of the numbers - they are very situation-specific, and also greatly influenced by the quality of the installation... Maybe there are equivalent websites for other counties in this District, too?

 

 

26 July 2013

Christian Ecology Link produce a daily prayer guide that you can have emailed.

 

28 June 2013

 

May 2013 is now in the past, but the sentiments are enduringly positive:
May 2013 be the start...

  • Of a healthier, happier nation

  • Of more resourceful living

  • Of more vibrant communities

  • Of smarter travel

  • Of a nation that shares

 

WWF’s personal carbon footprint calculator


Hope in God's Future - Climate Change
Webpage icon Summary of 11 church case studies
Webpage icon Church magazine article
Webpage icon Contact details
Webpage icon District Advocate for Carbon Reduction