As a Diocese, we have committed to going net-zero carbon by 2030.
To help us take that step towards a greener future, we need to know just how much energy all our church buildings are currently responsible for.
To complete your footprint, you need:
- Your energy bills for 2022, so that you can add up how many kWhs you have used.
[Time-saving hint: If you complete the return each year, you’ll just need to make a note of the meter reading from the year before and this year, to calculate the energy used.]
- The size of your building in metres.
You can pace out the estimated size of the building in metres squared, use Google maps for an estimate or if your building is listed, the area information should be auto-filled from the Church Heritage Record or can be obtained directly from the heritage records.
- You need to be able to estimate how many people visited the church (in a week or in a year), and how many hours a week the church is open.
- You’ll also need a record of any work-related travel expenses.
You can get to the Energy Footprint Tool through the Parish Returns Portal.
You should be able to complete it in an hour, so if you’ve joined our #EcoChurchInAnHour campaign, this is a great first step after registering.
For help in filling in the form, see these Energy Footprint Tool Instructions.
These teenagers from the Diocese of London show us how it’s done in a video they produced in their deanery.