The Diocese of Exeter has an energy statement and is encouraging appropriate renewable energy schemes. There are church buildings and vicarages, for example, with solar PV installations, biomass heating schemes, composting toilets, and plug-in solar panels. Further details can be found at www.ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk
Huge amounts of energy are wasted in our homes and workplaces, as well as in our transport and food systems. This is also true of our churches and church schools. The diocese has been in partnership with the Devon Association for Renewable Energy (DARE) for over 15 years. DARE offers a professional energy audit and study of church buildings and schools. These reviews provide a comprehensive assessment of a particular building and suggest ways to implement energy savings, efficiencies and the potential of using renewable sources.
The diocese also offers low interest loans to parishes wishing to develop their own sustainable energy projects and to switch to a green electricity and green gas supplier (with Ecotricity).
The Community Energy Coalition is working to help enable communities take control of their energy use: http://ukcec.org
In Devon, there are several community energy companies:
http://www.361energy.org/361-energy/ (North Devon)
Many on lower incomes find it difficult to heat their homes and are often dragged into fuel poverty. Churches and other organisations have launched an ‘End Fuel Poverty’ campaign to press the government and political parties to confront fuel poverty.