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

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.

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Latest energy news

Cleaning up Calke Abbey

'You've got history and technology in one place, it's great.' Charis Fowler, environmental advisor.

While ‘un-stately home’ Calke Abbey has been suspended in decline, staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes to clean-up its environmental act. From green gardening to renewable energy, there’s lots going on to protect the country estate’s future.

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.