Looking after your money and cutting fuel bills

Man looks at a meter in a field in front of the orangery

Every penny you donate at Blickling is important to us and we're doing everything we can to spend your money wisely.

Knowing what we use

We're always looking for ways to see how much energy we're using, how much we're wasting and how much we're saving. That way we'll know what we're doing right and where we can improve.
Richard Lee is our Meter Manager for the Blickling Estate. It's his job to read 20 different meters around the estate every month, including oil, electric, water and LPG. The readings are then compared to the previous month to ensure they're as accurate as possible. Receiving a monthly report of our energy usage means we can keep track of what we're using. 
" One of the most important meters on the estate is the water meter near Park Gates feeding many of the buildings around the hall. Sometimes I have to plough a path through knee deep weeds and peer down through the dark, only to find that a local frog has made his home on top of the meter."
- Richard Lee | Meter Manager

Perks of the job

Life is far from simple for a Meter Manager.  However, despite these challenges, Richard's dedication to saving energy and cutting our fuel bills was rewarded in 2014 when he won the 'National Trust Meter Manger of the year' award.


Richard's top tips for conserving energy and water

Light switch and electric plug socket on a wall

Switching off lights and electrical appliances when they're not needed seems simple, but they are the first step towards conserving the energy we use.

Hand turning off a running tap on a sink

Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, leaving it running can use up to five litres of water a minute

Green rototherm meter

Ask your energy companies for a free smart meter and keep an eye on your energy usage

The hydro intake weir at Hafod y Llan farm, Snowdonia

Our work on Energy

Find out how the National Trust is keeping our places special using renewable energy