What we're doing

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

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.

Speckled Wood - an eco building

'To me there’s something really special about it because I can see places in the structure.'

Head ranger David Elliott speaks about the Speckled Wood eco building that was crafted by our Black Down countryside team and volunteers. Along with straw bale walls and hand-crafted wooden staircases, the roundwood timber-frame structure is completely powered by nature from a biomass boiler and solar panels.

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.

Energy projects at our places

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.