Autumn chill brings a reminder of the wretched heating system that we’ve conveniently forgotten about at Holy Trinity over the summer. Put in over 30 years ago, the electric bathroom-style heaters are obsolete and dying one by one. We’d love a gas CH system that is cheap to run, and in our better moments, we’d love an air-source heat pump that would be green.
But the first costs £100K to install and the second £160K. And the grants for eco-friendly installation are drying up. If you’ve got capital, you can save money and the environment. You can buy an energy-efficient house, car, heating system or whatever, rather than a cheap but old-fashioned one.
‘Twas ever thus: people renting flats with meters pay over the odds for their power; those who can’t afford bulk-buying or transport to the hypermarket pay higher prices for food.
And so we’ll probably replace our heating at church with a similar system that is cheap to install but expensive to run. Maybe it will make us a bit warmer, but it won’t be any greener, unless we can persuade Historic Scotland to allow us some solar panels on a Grade A listed roof.
And I feel bad about it, but then … ‘it’s the poor wot gets the blame’.