Practicing what they preach: The Church that’s leading the way for renewable energy

All Saints Church is a bustling, high energy-consuming Berkshire church with dreams of being a community role model by becoming environmentally responsible. They were recommended to get in touch with Opus Energy to fulfil their sustainable ambitions without breaking the budget – find out how they got on…

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“The church was built in the Victorian era with ornate, gothic-style wall and chancel ceiling paintings. These paintings were recently restored to their former glory but to ensure they stay in good condition a constant temperature has to be maintained inside the church,” explained Chris Gunton, Assistant Church Warden. While his church is beautiful, it requires a large amount of energy just to keep it in its original condition.

“In addition [to the heating costs], the outside of the church is floodlit, which makes it an iconic landmark in the town but is a further contributing factor to higher energy consumption.”

The All Saints Church has been at the heart of Ascot, Berkshire for over 150 years, and its Grade II listed building status means a lot of upkeep is involved to keep it at its best. Every week the historic structure plays host to baptisms, weddings, funerals, toddler groups, care home visits and many more uniting community activities. These commitments mean the church must be optimally heated and lit at all times, on top of the basic level of energy consumption that goes into delicate building preservation.

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But throughout this bustling activity, what remains at the core of All Saints Church’s ambitions is setting a positive example in the local area by not letting its high energy needs become a burden on the environment.

“Many of us who belong to the church have a good awareness of environmental issues, and we’re committed in taking steps to address them,” Chris told us, acknowledging the Church of England’s wider initiative to start using cleaner energy sources.

“We wanted to move to a greener energy supplier, without paying a premium, so approached an energy broker for guidance. They advised us that Opus Energy were a reliable company with a good reputation, and when we asked for a quote they were the most competitive.”

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At Opus Energy, we’re particularly happy that we could help the staff of the All Saints Church with their determination to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, as a large part of our business is finding energy from cleaner, sustainable sources that can supply small and medium UK businesses.

Andy Dayus, Head of Renewable Operations at Opus Energy, explained how we’re helping SMEs all across the country become more sustainable, just like the All Saints Church:

“Last year, 91% of the energy we supplied to UK SMEs came from cleaner, low-carbon sources. We’re working with small, independent renewable generators across the UK (over 1,500 at the moment) to help bring cost-effective, largely renewable energy to customers like All Saints Church.”

By teaming together, Opus Energy has managed to help All Saints Church meet their budget and their business objectives, while helping them move forwards on their journey to a greener tomorrow.

“In the future we’re looking to continue our commitment to green energy by exploring LED lighting, destratification fans and replacing boilers,” explained Assistant Church Warden, Chris.

“In the long term we’d also be interested in exploring the option of generating our own power via solar panels or even a wind turbine.”

To find out more about the work that Opus Energy does for SMEs who want to reduce their carbon footprint, visit our main website here. Or to hear from more small businesses who’ve received a helping hand from Opus Energy by visiting our case studies page here.


 

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