CASE STUDY: THE SOLAR-POWERED NUNS
The 15 nuns who live at the Carmelite Monastery in Linton, near Wetherby, have three solar panels that help to heat their domestic hot water.
Sister Philomena says: “We have always been aware of our carbon footprint and we are careful to recycle. We were left a bit of money and thought we would use it to put our money where our mouth is.
“One of our monasteries in London has solar hot water panels so they gave us the details of their installer.”
Solarwall put three panels on the roof and replaced the monastery’s electric showers. “We’ve had the panels for a year and we’re delighted with them. Although it’s difficult to say exactly how much they have saved us, we have noticed a big reduction in our electricity consumption.”
The nuns are now looking into putting electricity generating photo voltaic panels on a south facing roof.
“We need a bit more money for that, but it’s something we’re very interested in,” says Sister Philomena.