For Creed and Creation Book

For Creed and Creation: A simple guide to greening your church is a great new little book of practical suggestions for making your church more energy efficient.

With simple ideas and advice from the way the building is run, to how rubbish is recycled and the light switches used, the guide will help to reduce bills and put your church on the right track to tackling your carbon footprint. Published by the Diocese of Oxford and co-written by local curate, Revd. Dr. Gillian Straine, the book includes details of local organisations and where to go for help.
“…churches aren’t just places of wonder, encounter and community; they’re also real buildings which make an impact on the natural world, and it’s our responsibility to make sure that their carbon footprint is as small as possible. We have over 800 church buildings in our diocese, and with all the people who pass through them in a year, we can influence literally hundreds of thousands more buildings.”
Bishop of Oxford
Copies of the booklet are available for:
  • £2.50 each – £3.28 including postage and packaging
  • £10 for five copies – £11.33 including postage and packaging
  • £15 for ten copies – £18.41 including postage and packaging

Order by Post: Send a cheque for the total amount (including postage and packaging), made payable to ‘Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance, to: For Creed and Creation Book, Environment Desk, Dept of Mission, Diocese of Oxford, North Hinksey, Oxford, OX2 0NB.

View online: You can view the contents of the book in the viewer below.

Bulk oil buying scheme

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council is calling on churches to get involved in their new bulk oil buying scheme. The scheme aims to keep fuel costs as low as possible in rural areas, where many households don’t have mains gas. The scheme will source better prices for oil deliveries and also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the actual delivery system.  Every time a tanker comes out to make a delivery, it uses fuel – a full tanker may only get about 8 miles per gallon – so if deliveries are organised so that one tanker can reach as many customers in as small an area as possible, fuel consumption is reduced.

ORCC is asking for people to help get the scheme going by becoming a local coordinators. Their job will be to garner support locally so the scheme can start in your local area. ‘We’ve made it as simple as possible because we know people are busy’ said ORCC’s Chief Executive Linda Watson, ‘Local co-ordinators are going to be vital to the success of the scheme.  They won’t have to do the negotiating with the oil suppliers and won’t have to deal with any money, so we don’t expect this to take much time.’

Further details via ORCC News – and  Local co-ordinators’ leaflet and Members’ leaflet.

* Update * The bulk oil buying scheme offered by ORCC in Oxfordshire has now been extended to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – details below:

Oxfordshire – contact Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) at www.oxonrcc.org.uk/home/bulk-oil-buying-scheme

Berkshire – contact Community Council for Berkshire (CCB) at www.actionforall.org.uk/CCB/ccb_oil_club

Buckinghamshire – contact Community Impact Bucks at www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk/pages/work-with-commu-bulk-oil-buying-scheme-159.html

Lighter Later – Write to your MP

Every year the clocks get set in a way that means we get less light in our lives, sleeping through the sunlit mornings while we use expensive, polluting electric light in the evenings. The Lighter Later campaign is calling to move the clocks forward by one hour so that we are awake when the sun is out.

This December a Private Member’s Bill supporting the Lighter Later campaign is going to Parliament. Those supporting the campaign includes RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), the AA and Sustrans.

People are asked to support the Private Member’s Bill by asking for their MP’s support. Find out more here.

Keeping warm this winter

As the cold weather starts some people in our communities will be struggling to keep warm. To help combat this, a free phone helpline has been set up to advise residents in Oxfordshire how to cut their fuel bills. The service is offered by the United Sustainable Energy Agency in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, the five district councils and the Primary Care Trust.

If you have struggled to stay warm in previous years or are struggling with your energy bills, or you know of someone that is, you can call the helpline for free, impartial advice on:

  • Improving the efficiency of your property through cavity wall and loft insulation including the grants available
  • Warm Front grants to help with heating system replacements
  • Switching energy suppliers to find the best deal
  • Social tariffs provided by the energy companies for vulnerable customers
  • Advice on fuel debt
  • Home Improvement Agencies who undertake minor repairs for vulnerable home owners
  • Sign posting to other active support organisations
  • Information on improving your energy efficiency to cut your energy bills

The phone number is 0800 1070044 and is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Energy Saving Week

 

 

This week is Energy Saving Week – there are lots of resoruces available on the Energy Saving Trust website, including a free online home energy check, which could save you up to £250 a year on your bills: Free home energy check.

The whole site is a wealth of information on energy saving for your home and community space. Have a look and mention it to your friends.