Week 7: Energy
Think about the energy used to power the device you’re using to access this webpage, to make the thing you’re sitting on, and to light the place you’re in. Energy demand is increasing globally, adding to the pressure on the environment. We can tackle energy-related emissions through becoming energy efficient and switching to low-carbon fuels. There are many low hanging fruits in trying to conserve the energy we use. We will explore these this week.
Monday 26th March: Turn it down. We are (hopefully!) coming to the end of the cooler months, and so won’t be needing our central heating on for as long or as hot anymore. Turning your heating down saves energy: the Energy Saving Trust estimates that adjusting your thermostat to 1 degree cooler saves on average 350kg of carbon dioxide per year. Today turn your thermostat down by one or two degrees. You could also turn your heating on for 15 minutes less each day, again saving energy and money.
Tuesday 27th March: Meditate today on this rich passage from Colossians 1:15-17.
Wednesday 28th March: Time to Renew? Renewable energy is one big way we can reduce our impact on God’s creation. Here at St Aldates, we are delighted to have undertaken the Big Church Switch: all the electricity we use in the church is generated by renewable sources. Research your energy supplier(s) and how they generate their energy. When your contract is up, why not look into finding a renewable alternative? Ethical Consumer has a useful ranking here: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/energy/greenelectricitysuppliers.aspx. Our friends at Tearfund have more information on the Big Clean Switch for homes here: https://bigcleanswitch.org/tearfund/
Thursday 29th March: Pull it out. This may seem like another small action, and relatively it is. But making sure you turn off your chargers, appliances and lights when you’re not using them can add up in saving energy. It’s all about getting into good habits with kind accumulative effects on creation.
Tearfund’s Renew Our World campaign is calling on the UK government to rebalance funding away from fossil fuels so that impoverished people can get clean, efficient and affordable energy. Lend your voice to this movement here: https://www.tearfund.org/en/about_you/action/renew_our_world/
Friday 30th March: Pray on this Good Friday that God’s kingdom will come and His will be done. Jesus went to the cross for the His whole creation. Without God, the environmental view of this world can be fairly bleak: we are flawed and act selfishly, environments are degrading, species are threatened, and the poorest are suffering the effects of climate change first. We need Him to move. Pray for this today.
Saturday 31st March: Atmospheric glow. Find the lights in your house which you can switch to use energy efficient bulbs. Replacing bulbs can save the typical household around £35-50 annually, and use less energy. Choosing the most efficient models when replacing appliances such as fridges and washing machines is also a way to better steward God’s creation whilst also saving you money.
Sunday 1st April: Happy Easter Sunday! Christ is risen! On this joyful and celebratory day, chat over your lunch or dinner about the last seven weeks. How have you found this challenge? What has God been teaching you or challenging you in? Which rhythms will you continue into your daily routines?