This decrease in emissions has occurred despite longer opening hours at the property and a 50 per cent increase in visitor numbers compared with last year.
Lesley Law, Property Manager of Sudbury Hall, said:
‘The installation of the bio-mass boiler couldn’t have been more timely, especially with the particularly cold snap earlier this year with snow at the end of January and February.
I’m delighted that Sudbury has taken part and benefited from this Green Energy fund. Thanks to npower the project is helping us show that historic properties like Sudbury and new, renewable energy really do work.’
The benefits of the renewable energy system are felt across the property, with boilers that are more easily controlled, cleaner delivery of fuel, and no more smell of fuel oil following delivery.
Also, National Trust staff at Sudbury have been trained to clean out the boilers, saving on maintenance costs.
The biomass boiler is part of a wider effort by Sudbury Hall to reduce its carbon footprint, including the use of compact fluorescent lamps across the property, water-saving devices in all flush systems, an experimental area of double glazing and draught exclusion in one domestic area of the property, and full recycling across the property.
Since sustainable heating was installed at Sudbury Hall over 20 National Trust properties, ranging from historic mansions to outdoor visitor centres, have benefited from the National Trust Green Energy Fund in partnership with npower.
This project has helped put in place a range of renewable energy technologies across Trust locations, including solar water heating systems, replacing oil powered heaters with biomass wood chip pellet boilers and installing air and ground source heat pumps.
The scheme will be funded by npower for a further year, and properties to benefit from it in the near future include Tyntesfield near Bristol, Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire and Uppark House in West Sussex.
Kevin Peake, marketing director of npower commented:
‘npower is committed to helping all its customers – residential, charities and businesses – to lower their carbon emissions. By reducing the amount of energy used all customers can save themselves money and do their bit for the environment.
Our partnership with the National Trust, and the work at Sudbury Hall, illustrates the savings that are possible. And it’s not just something we’re asking our customers to do: over the coming years, npower will reduce its CO2 levels by a third.
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