Energy & environment

By harnessing the power of nature and being careful with the energy we use, the places we find special can be beautiful forever

Countryfile switch on our waterwheel

Countryfile makes a splash at Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall © National Trust / Paul Harris

Countryfile makes a splash at Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall

BBC's Countryfile paid a visit to the Aberdulais Tin Works, where our newly refurbished electric waterwheel will soon be powering the entire site.

Plas Newydd's new sustainable heating

Construction begins on our sea source heat pump at Plas Newydd © John Millar

Construction begins on our sea source heat pump at Plas Newydd

We're in the process of building the UK's biggest marine source heat pump at Plas Newydd. This new sustainable energy source will heat our huge house using the power of the sea. Take a look at our video of what we've been doing.

Keeping Dyrham Park's collections cool

Our new boiler is powered by woodchips © NTPL/James Dobson

Our new boiler is powered by woodchips

A new biomass woodfuel burner is helping to regulate the temperature at Dyrham Park, helping to preserve its treasures - and helping the environment too.

Being energy efficient at Ightham Mote

Ightam, where we're saving energy - and money © NTPL/Olly Hitchen

Ightam, where we're saving energy - and money

How much energy powers a pudding? Our premises assistant at Ightham Mote in Kent, Tony Fordham, has been on the hunt to find this out and more to help make this special place become more efficient.

Things are heating up at Fountains Abbey

We're using the sun to warm things up at Fountains Abbey © NTPL/Olly Hitchen

We're using the sun to warm things up at Fountains Abbey

The World Heritage Site, which was once a self-sustainable hub, is now partly powered by the sun’s warmth following the recent completion of a ground source heat pump.

Transforming a goat shed at Wimpole

Visitors enjoying the warmth of the new log burner in the Home Farm cafe © NTPL/National Trust

Visitors enjoying the warmth of the new log burner in the Home Farm cafe

Fancy a slice of cake in an old goat shed? Inspiring energy touches are transforming even the most unusual of locations at the Wimpole Estate to keep the warmth inside this winter time.

Energy saving at Kedleston Hall

The impressive chandelier in the drawing room now uses LED lightbulbs © NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie

The impressive chandelier in the drawing room now uses LED lightbulbs

Sparkling chandeliers and Robert Adam interiors make Kedleston Hall the perfect place for lavish parties. But here’s a little secret - new technology at Kedleston Hall has led to energy savings worth more than 1 million cups of tea.

Home grown energy

We’re reducing our use of non-renewable fuels and so can you. By switching to Good Energy, who only supply electricity from renewable sources in the UK, you’ll be helping the planet and helping us.

For each customer who switches electricity and gas, Good Energy will give us £40 to help develop our own renewable energy generation projects.

Latest energy news

Powering a mansion with the sea

As part of our Renewable Energy Investment Programme we're using the sea to heat up our mansion at Plas Newydd, North Wales.

Our new marine source heat pump is the biggest in the UK and will make sure our old house stays warm, without using fossil fuels. It's good news for the environment and our bank balance, as the scheme will save us around £40,000 a year.

Brothers in alms

An architectural and historical gem in central London, the Charterhouse, an almshouse that's home to 42 Brothers, has joined the Fit for the Future Network as it seeks to make its buildings more energy efficient and prepared for the years to come.

Why retrofit?

Award-winning author and blogger Roger Hunt explains why, if you own an old home, you should think about retrofitting it to make it more energy-efficient.

Our Green Champion

Kellie Channing, Dudmaston's house steward, tells us about her day - and about her role as one of our Green Champions.

Our energy community

Everybody likes to have friends. Our community is growing and helping us to achieve our energy targets. Learn about our new Fit for the Future Network, Good Energy partnership and Low Carbon Villages project.

What we're doing

We’re looking for ways to protect our places forever. See what our environmental team is up to, find out about our renewables programme launch and search our energy map for projects near you.

What you can do

Not an energy champion yet? Start by being a nosy neighbour at a Green Open Home event near you then delve into our Building Design Guides for top tips to get you started on your own projects.