Forget Gordon’s kitchen, the heat is on to see which properties can save the most energy across the National Trust – with an overall reduction target of 20% set for 2020.
Today’s tips on how to cut energy use and so make our special places fit for the future comes from Environmental Practices Advisor for the Midlands, Charis Fowler:
The Team at Clumber Park has recently started to really focus on their energy use, and more importantly, how to reduce it. They are already seeing some fantastic results – so well done all!
The Catering Team has cut the monthly electricity use by 25% by:
- Behavioural changes – everyone in the team is playing their part in making sure equipment and lights aren’t left on when not in use
- Old ovens and dishwashers have been replaced with new efficient ones
- Refrigerated equipment is being serviced regularly, which helps to maintain efficiency levels
- Only switching on the hot pass just in time for food service to begin (rather than at the start of the staff shift)
The Cleaning Team has been able to reduce energy use at the Cricket Ground toilets by a staggering 31% just through one simple measure – reducing lighting dramatically. The lights, which are on a timed switch, are monitored, so as mornings and evenings get lighter the cleaning team have ensured this timer is set appropriately so that energy is not being used unnecessarily.
The property has also just taken delivery of a batch of Dyson Air Blade hand dryers for all the public toilets, which are highly efficient and hygienic. So we hope to see ongoing improvements too.
- Find out more about energy efficiency and renewables at the National Trust Going Green blog
- An easy way to reduce your impact on the environment at home and at work is to switch to green electricity supplier Good Energy. The National Trust’s new partner sources 100% of its electricity from renewables such as wind, rain and sunshine – what could be cleaner than that?