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Energy Footprint Tool

The Energy Footprint Tool allows all churches around the country to enter their utility bills and find out their “carbon footprint”.

The easy-to-use Energy Footprint Tool will tell your church what your “carbon footprint” is, based on the energy you use to heat and light your buildings. You can find information about it via the Church of England website here: Energy Footprint tool

You’ll need first to gather together:

  • Names of your gas and electricity suppliers, and whether they supply 100% renewable energy or offset your consumption
  • Utility bills for whole of 2022, and/or meter readings from the beginning and end of the year
  • Bills for any purchases, including oil if you still use oil
  • Other heating systems you may have eg heat pumps, capacity of your solar PV panels (if any), and units generated during the year.

Don’t forget to enter data for any separate hall or other building(s) on the site, as well as the church itself.

You’ll need to enter:

Size of the church and any hall in square meters.

The system is set up to give you ratings for efficiency compared to the church’s size and how busy it is. So you can also enter estimates of numbers attending services and using the buildings at other times, and details of work-related travel by church staff. This helps to get a full picture of how you’re getting on with improving your efficiency.

The Energy Footprint Tool for 2023 is still open for churches to enter their energy use from 2022. The deadline for entries to be included in national statistics was the end of August 2023. The Energy Footprint Tool will however remain open until the end of the year for churches to submit their details. This will then ensure dioceses can apply on their behalf for Net Zero Carbon Programme grants and schemes being launched this year. 

Watch a demonstration:

If you need further help with the Energy Footprint Tool, please contact dac@dioceseofnorwich.org