EMPOWERING St Michael’s and Linlithgow
Image: Inside St Michaels Church, Linlithgow Palace, Iain Macdonald/AdobeStock
St Michael’s Parish Church of Scotland in Linlithgow was awarded a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant to run the EMPOWERING St Michael’s and Linlithgow project to replace inefficient lighting in the ‘Grade A’ listed building with modern LED technology.
What type of project would decrease carbon emissions and help the community?
- Upgrading inefficient lighting to LED lighting to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.
- Using the project as an example to help the community reduce energy bills by adoption of energy efficient behaviour and upgrading lighting.
What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?
- Community consultation with church members and groups that use the church - these groups have informed the direction of the project.
- Questionnaire to 1,000 households in wider community.
- Partnerships with Transition Linlithgow and Home Energy Scotland.
- CARTA - advises and regulates the development of Church of Scotland buildings.
- Other funders - LandTrust.
What did the CCF grant of £73,300 fund?
- Installation of LED lighting and rewiring costs.
- Awareness raising campaign - promotional and display items.
- LED bulbs and energy monitors for community to try in own homes before buying.
- Office / administration costs.
Why did carbon emissions decrease?
- Reduced energy consumption at church due to installation of LED lighting, increased energy efficient behaviour of church users and production of re-useable laminated information sheets.
- 100 households switched to LED lighting and saved energy at home.
- Partnerships with Transition Linlithgow and Home Energy Scotland provided support and workshop sessions, extending the impact of the project.
How was the reduction in carbon emissions measured?
- kWh from energy bills recorded before (baseline) and after LED lighting was installed.
- Surveying of households regarding takeup of LED bulbs.
- Figures obtained were input into the ‘energy’ section of recommended carbon conversion spreadsheet to convert them into carbon emissions.
What were the community benefits?
- Raising awareness in local community of energy efficient measures such as LED lighting which can reduce energy use, bills and local carbon emissions.
What was the sustainable legacy?
- Lifetime of LED lighting is 25 years.
- Project used to inspire community and visitors to the Church after funded period.
- Continued work with Energy Saving Trust to address issues in their audit and install further energy efficient measures in the church.