The Big Church Switch urged churches to choose companies that use renewables rather than finite resources. So far, the organisation has helped find new deals for 424 churches, including The New Room in Bristol, which is the oldest Methodist building in the world.

David Worthington, manager of The New Room, said: ‘Switching our energy provider to clean sources of power is a simple thing we can do to help the global transition to a low carbon world. If we, in a building as old as ours, can embrace the idea of renewable energy, then anyone can.’

Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev David Walker, said: ‘As individuals and churches we have a choice in how we treat the earth, how we spend our money, how we power our homes and our buildings. By creating technology which can turn wind and sunshine into clean and renewable energy, humans continue to benefit from the gift of creation.’

Ben Niblett, senior campaigner at Tearfund, said: ‘Christians around the UK have taken action and had a big impact on our carbon footprint by taking part in the Big Church Switch. We’re loving our neighbours with our electricity bills. We will continue to hold governments to account and to help people across the world hit by the devastating daily impacts of climate change.’