All Saints Church, Ascot

An affordable source of cleaner energy, helping them set a positive example for their community.

All Saints Church is a bustling community church serving the town of Ascot in Berkshire. The 150 year-old church building is grade II listed and plays host to a busy weekly schedule of services as well as baptisms, weddings, funerals, toddler groups, care home visits and much more.

AT A GLANCE

Business sector: Charitable organisation

Customer since: 2014

Products provided: Electricity and Gas

When it comes to their energy supply, clergy and parishioners are understandably conscious about what can amount to high levels of consumption, especially given the age of the building. Chris Gunton, Assistant Church Warden explained:

“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. In addition, 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.”

Sourcing energy from cleaner sources is a top priority for the staff at All Saints Church. They are keen to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and set a positive example to their congregation and community through their use of a cleaner energy supplier. This is part of a wider movement by the Church of England to move towards cleaner energy sources. Chris said:

“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.”

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.

- Chris Gunton, Assistant Church Warden, All Saints Church

“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. Our Rector has been a driving force in encouraging churches in the area to consider greener energy sources. In the future we’re looking to continue our commitment to green energy by exploring LED lighting, de-stratification fans and replacing boilers. 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.”

Andy Dayus is Head of Renewable Operations at Opus Energy. He explained the link between Opus Energy’s generation projects and the supply of energy to businesses:

“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. We’re pleased to be able to offer businesses of all sizes a responsible source of energy that meets their business objectives and their bottom line.”

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