What we're doing

Green gardening at Powis Castle

The nursery at Powis is on its way to becoming energy neutral  © Ruth Scutter

The nursery at Powis is on its way to becoming energy neutral

A host of new green measures are making the garden at Powis castle energy self-sufficient. A ground source heat pump and solar panels will help reduce energy use in the garden by two thirds.

Testing out our electric Land Rover

The new Land Rover is helping us cut our fossil fuel useage © John Millar

The new Land Rover is helping us cut our fossil fuel useage

One of the farms we care for in Wales has been trialing the new electric Land Rover Defender. It's part of a number of green measures in use at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia.

Explore Chirk Castle estate on a Segway

Enjoy exploring the parkland in a very different way this summer © Linda Riseborough

Enjoy exploring the parkland in a very different way this summer

Exploring the huge Chirk Castle estate and parkland on foot can be a challenge. That's why we've introduced a fleet of environmentally friendly Segways, which are busy helping visitors get around.

Hydropower returns to Cragside

The Archimedes screw in situ at Cragside, Northumberland © National Trust/Susie Kennedy

The Archimedes screw in situ at Cragside, Northumberland

A new Archimedes screw installed at Cragside in Northumberland will restore hydroelectricity to the first house in the world to be lit by the power of water.

Countryfile switches 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

The West Front at Dyrham provides a splendid backdrop to the formal garden © National Trust

The West Front at Dyrham provides a splendid backdrop to the formal garden

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

See the mock tudor facade of the south side, reflected in the moat © NT/Marian Hemsted

See the mock tudor facade of the south side, reflected in the moat

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

The visitor centre at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden © NTPL/Matthew Antrobus

The visitor centre at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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.

Deanna Fernance - our water advisor

Our water advisor, Deanna Fernance, tells us how she went from making mud pies in Australia to battling problem pipes and troublesome taps at the places we look after.

Our renewables programme

We want to make sure the special places we look after are protected forever. That’s why we’ve committed to use 20 per cent less energy, halve our fossil fuel use and generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.

With support from our partner, Good Energy, we're harnessing the power of nature to generate more clean energy. There are lots of ways to produce electricity from renewable sources - here’s our guide to what they are.

Our guide to renewable energy

More energy projects at our places

A lighter footprint for Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank, near Temple Sowerby in Cumbria, is one of the first places to benefit from our new partnership with Good Energy, aimed at reducing the Trust's reliance on fossil fuels.
The 16th century house was previously using around 26,000 litres of oil each year. This is the same volume as filling up a pond at Acorn Bank every month. But now, thanks to the funding from Good Energy, two 50 year-old boilers at the Grade I Listed property have been replaced with a new wood-fuelled biomass system.

Building Design Guides

We're committed to generating half of our energy from renewable and cleaner energy sources by 2020 and have already made a good start at some of our places. You can find out about some of our energy projects in a little more detail with these case studies.

Our energy map

Browse our latest energy projects, from hydro and wind to biomass boilers and heat pumps, on our energy map. You'll also find case studies to download for inspiration in your own home.

Our energy community

Our energy community is growing and helping us to achieve our energy targets. Learn more about our Low Carbon Villages project, partnership with Good Energy and our new Fit for the Future network.