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• • • • include a weekly eco-tip in the pew sheet have it printed on recycled paper check energy usage of heating/cooling/appliances for possible savings serve local or fair-trade food and drink And her final piece of advice: work together! – it’s hard for any church (or individual) to do it alone. I want to thank the North Canberra Ecumenical Church Leaders for sponsoring this event, and the ladies of St. Columba’s Church providing a great breakfast complete with homemade jams and marmalades. - Barbara Burns * The Green Bible has environmentally relevant texts in green print. A walk through energy and greenhouse emissions reduction at St Margaret’s Uniting Church since 2011 St Margaret’s Church Council and Congregation have been conscious for some years of the benefits of renewable energy for the environment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time reducing running costs. A solar system was installed on the former St Margaret’s manse at 210 Antill St in 2010. With the 2kW photovoltaic (PV) system, which was rel- atively expensive at the time, we were offered an exceptionally attrac- tive feed-in tariff for all electricity produced and sold back into the elec- tricity grid. As a result, the cost was recovered within 6 years and we have gone on saving around $1,300 each year since then. In 2011 a 5kW PV system was installed on the Parish Centre with the assistance of an ACT Government grant. This installation resulted in a saving of electricity costs of some $3,000 annually. At the time we were required to separate the electricity supply from that of the Holy Cross Church, which had until that time been on a common shared supply. Both the Church and the Parish Centre had earlier replaced electric heating with natural gas space heating which was more effective and at the time gas was the preferred fuel. Ross Walker Lodge was constructed in 2011, designed to be as energy efficient as possible, with gas-boosted solar hot water panels on the roof and gas heating, which at the time was cheaper and more environ- mentally friendly than electricity from coal-fired power stations. Reverse cycle air conditioners had been installed in the St Margaret’s offices and in the toy library for more comfortable cooling and heating in around Carbon Action Project 4 1 March 2020