Our progress 2016
Our continuing efforts to be energy efficient in the church premises and to share our concern for a better world.
In 2016, the third year after we finished refurbishing our church premises, the annual electricity consumption was 14,307 kWh and gas consumption was 64,875 kWh, similar to the consumption in 2015. We have cut down our carbon footprint from 27.5 (2012) to 13.5 tonnes CO2 annual emission. Apart from reducing the fossil fuel consumption in 2016, we continued to produce solar electricity 9,413 kWh, ground heat energy 5,531 kWh and used 80,000 litres of rainwater rather than tap water to flush the toilets. The total fuel bill was £3,606 which is about 40% of what we paid in 2012. In fact the income from our solar panel tariff was £1,575 and from ground heat pump was £130, so the actual fuel expenditure was only £1,901, about 21% of that of 2012. As the usage of the church premises has been going up steadily since the redevelopment, our church premises should be sustainable for our Church mission in the years to come.
One of the aims of being an Eco-Church is to help to build a just and equal world. In gratitude for having better toilet facilities in the refurbished premises, we responded to Tearfund appeal for Toilet Twinning. We raised £900 to twin 3 school toilet blocks in Sierra Leone, Chad and Uganda and 3 individual latrines in Liberia, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Fairtrade Church we continue to promote using Fairtrade refreshments in the premises and have a monthly Fairtrade stall after Sunday service and a special service in Fairtrade Fortnight.
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