13 Jan 2009 05:01:06
Castle gets energy saving measures
Hemp insulation and renewable wood chips are to help a castle in Wales cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent while halving its heating costs.
Chirk Castle, owned by the National Trust, is to receive a range of energy saving measures as part of the organisation's programme of reducing emissions.
With the help of the Carbon Trust, the conservation group is to exceed its target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions from its properties by 20 per cent.
The castle will be fitted with 1,000 square feet of hemp insulation and will replace heating oil as its fuel with renewable wood pellets. Solar panels will also be installed discreetly around the property.
In the process, it is to cut its heating bill by 50 per cent.
Keith Jones, environmental practice manager for the National Trust, said: "Money wasn't our main motivation for this initiative but it is definitely a positive outcome!"
According to the Committee on Climate Change and the UK Green Building Council, the existing buildings will have to be made significantly more energy efficient in order to meet emissions and renewables targets.http://www.eveningleader.co.uk/news/Chirk-Castle-to-reduc...