Energy audit to help church cut bills

Members of the Sefton Road United Reformed Church with Barry Grimes from Banks Renewables.

Members of the Sefton Road United Reformed Church with Barry Grimes from Banks Renewables.

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HEATING and lighting bills at a church look set to fall after an audit was carried out to find ways to help make the building more energy efficient.

After visiting Sefton Road United Reformed Church in Heysham, environmental expert Martin Trouse of Derwent Environmental Consultancy compiled a report on how both short and longer-term improvements might be made to the 112 year-old stone building and its adjoining hall.

The report highlighted the ways in which work being led by property steward Jeff Senior and the church committee was already making a positive difference to the way in which energy was used in the buildings.

It also outlined different areas in which changes to either the management of the building or its physical layout could build on this work in the future. The cost of the energy audit was funded by renewable energy firm Banks Renewables, which is the company looking to build the proposed £7.5m Banks Heysham South wind farm on agricultural land to the south of the A683.

Dot Armstrong of the Sefton Road Methodist Church committee said: “Both the church and hall are well used by our community for everything from toddler groups to OAPs meetings, so we need to ensure we make our facilities as welcoming as we can.

“The report has given us some new ideas for how we can keep make further improvements.”

For more information on the Heysham South proposals, contact the Banks community team on 0191 378 6100 or email heyshamsouth@banksgroup.co.uk.