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Energy efficiency tips from Prince Charles

Prince Charles has reduced his carbon emissions from heating, hot water and lighting by more than a third thanks to more efficient boilers and the installation of renewables.

Details are featured in the Sustainability Account for the Household of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall which has been included for the first time in the annual report on Income, Expenditure and Staff.

How did the Royal household go Green?
Installed energy efficient boilers
New biomass boiler supplied by local woodland
Solar panels for water heating
Replacement of energy inefficient products
Energy saving light bulbs
Electricity sourced from green suppliers
The report showed a range of energy efficiency measures had cut carbon dioxide emissions from an estimated 917 tonnes in 2006/2007 to 656 tonnes in 2007/2008 – the equivalent of 39.7 per cent.

Energy efficient boilers and the use of biomass boilers using locally sourced fuel have contributed to the sharp drop.

The report said: “Energy use encompasses heating, hot water and lighting for all the offices and residences. Overall use has fallen this year as a result of various measures such as the installation of energy-efficient condensing boilers in Clarence House and the use of energy-saving light bulbs.

“Sustainably-managed wood is used in place of gas in part of the Highgrove estate and a woodchip boiler has also been installed at Birkhall.

“We are currently assessing the feasibility of making further use of alternative energy sources at Highgrove.

“The Household has also continued to increase the proportion of electricity supplies that are derived from renewable and more sustainable sources.

“On a day-to-day basis, simple but effective steps are taken such as replacing older equipment with energy-efficient models and ensuring staff switch off lights and equipment when not in use.”

At Home Farm at Highgrove staps are also being taken to reduce energy use including the installation of  a solar water-heating panel for the dairy.  Emissions at the farm have dropped by 9.2 per cent from 294 tonnes to 269 tonnes.

The report said: “Further initiatives are being considered, including the use of further alternative energy sources.”

Sir Michael Peat, the Prince's top aide, launched the publication of Charles's annual financial review.

He said: ' I hope it shows a good picture. I don't want to sound complacent but I really do believe that the contribution their royal highnesses make to national life continues to develop and broaden and strengthen.

'The Prince of Wales has a special knack of putting his finger on issues of underlying and long-term importance and for seeing beyond fashion and political correctness and there are some good examples in the annual review.'