St Andrew’s connects sustainability with actions through their Guide Garden and youth campaigns against climate change. Their recycling and purchasing of 100% sustainable paper supplies for the office are other practical actions that they take. In 2010 the renovation of the hall and kitchen resulted in reductions in electricity consumption due to the installation of energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting in the hall. The efficiency of the bulbs was further enhanced by the use of special lightshades. A more modern water boiler was installed in the kitchen.
In 2013, after investigating different options, they upgraded their heating in the old church to more efficient long wave (“black”) radiant heaters. Modern long wave heaters are a good option for church heating. They use radiant heat to warm bodies and solid objects rather than trying to heat the large volume of air in the church auditorium. On the DIY Sustainability Surveys page of the Cherished Earth website you can read and download the paper, “Radiant Heating for Churches” for more information on the pros and cons of various types of heaters.
St Andrew’s also hosted a presentation by one of the Eco Design Advisors from the Auckland Council. At the meeting parishioners shared their own stories about improving the sustainability of their homes, once again connecting sustainability to practical actions. To find out about how the Diocese and the Auckland Council have worked together to assess Diocese homes see Our Funding Partners on the Who We Are page of the Cherished Earth website.