Category: Gloucester

Bishop’s House, Staverton

Pilot installation of a biomass boiler in a large domestic setting. It is 32kW in size, and the expected payback period is less than 5 years. More information (pdf)

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Lent Carbon Fast Comment

Across the Southwest with scores of churches involved, about two thousand people participated from different churches in this year’s Lent Carbon Fast, all attempting to further reduce our impact on the ecology of God’s planet Earth. In addition to hundreds who used the printed Fast booklet, more than 500 subscribers received daily emails with suggestions …
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Zero carbon St Michael & All Angels, Withington

St Michaels and All Angels, Withington in Gloucestershire, aims to be the First Zero Carbon Church in the country Headline Proposals from the Zero Carbon Consultation presentation (pdf) Reduce energy demand (floodlight timing, switching off) – 13% elec saving Efficient use of energy (low energy internal lighting) – 24% elec saving Replace old oil boiler …
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About EcoChurch Southwest

What is it? As part of the Church of England’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign to reduce carbon emissions, EcoChurch Southwest was founded in 2010 to encourage local churches to develop their own production of renewable energy for environmental, social and economic reasons. Initially involving the Dioceses of Bath and Wells, Exeter, and Gloucester and in …
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Case studies

These case studies are provided to help you think about what projects and activities might be possible and what you might need to consider, and to give you contact details to find out more. See also the Map of Case Studies . . . It started as an Exeter Diocese resource, hence the imbalance across …
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Green energy deal

The Dioceses in the South West have negotiated a bulk purchase tariff with green energy supplier Ecotricity for electricity and gas in churches, church halls, clergy housing and domestic use. In Exeter Diocese, the Cathedral, Diocesan Offices and over 80 churches and clergy have already switched to green energy. “Only about 5% of the UK’s …
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Other renewables

EcoChurch Southwest is trialling other renewable technologies as well as Solar PV. These include this domestic biomass heating system installed at a Bishop’s House in Gloucester. Other future possibilities include air source heat pump for churches, solar thermal for church community centres and new low-energy lighting schemes for church buildings. A rural community energy project …
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Instant solar PV

A number of the Dioceses are currently trialling a ground mounted solar panel. These are suitable for roofs without much sunlight, listed or thatched buildings, or for clergy and others who are likely to move frequently. The electricity produced will not attract the government’s Feed-in Tariff and will not be exported; the financial savings come …
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