By Chloe Gilbert
Like many of us, I could be doing more to save energy and be greener.
So this weekend I went along to the #NTGreenLiving event at Tyntesfield to see what staff and volunteers are doing to be more environmentally friendly.
What are the #NTGreenLiving Events?
Over the past fortnight, thousands of visitors have enjoyed green-themed activities at a number of places across England and Wales as part of a series of Green Living events. It’s hoped the events would help tell the story of the Trust’s cleaner energy and environmental ambitions, and inspire others to be greener in their own homes.
Last, but not least: Tyntesfield
Providing a dramatic backdrop with its eclectic Victorian architecture, Tyntesfield in North Somerset seemed a fitting location for the final #NTGreenLiving event.
Green living isn’t just a one-off event at Tyntesfield as the building was even built on the riches of sustainable bird poo! Now the use of solar panels and biomass boilers provides a fantastic platform to encourage others to see what a difference sustainable energy can make.
With support from Good Energy and CSE, there was plenty of information and advice on hand. This also included the National Trust’s top tips for making ‘your special place’ a greener, more energy efficient environment. There was even the opportunity to win free electricity for a year.
But with the grown-ups taken care of, what about the kids?
With excitable children putting all their energy to good use, Good Energy’s hamster wheel showed them how they could generate their own electricity – perhaps not a long term sustainable energy source, but certainly one that is guaranteed to make you laugh!
I must confess that I did have a go before the crowds arrived, but sadly no photographic evidence has survived….
As the day progressed, I also managed to talk to individuals about their experiences and in what ways #NTGreenLiving had inspired them to make changes in their own homes. We filmed a few too.
Many people may still have a certain amount of scepticism when they attend events concerned with the environment.
As a woman in my early twenties, I have to be honest and say that a lot of the information on becoming greener can pass me by. I’m not a home owner, therefore I don’t have the same worries about my energy bills, installing solar panels or making room for a biomass boiler. But I can still make small changes in my lifestyle that can help to look after the house I live in. In the next 5 or even 10 years, I will be establishing myself on the property ladder, and it’s great to know that there are things even I’ll be able to do to make my house an environmentally friendly – and cheaper – home.
To find out more about what you could be doing, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/energy