Energy efficiency measures to be put in place at Edinburgh Castle

A variety of energy efficiency measures have been put in place at Edinburgh Castle to drive down energy bills at Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

This comes amid a major programme of work across the country to make Scotland’s historic properties fit for an energy efficient future.

Heating and lighting bills have dropped by around 30 per cent at Edinburgh Castle over the past eight years as a result of the programme, according to Historic Environment Scotland. Last year, almost £195,000 was spent on electricity, with the gas bill totalling just over £103,000.

Roger Curtis, technical research manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said Scotland had taken big strides with the work it had done to limit energy expenditure in some of the country’s oldest buildings.

“We have been at this since 2010 and we can say with some degree of pride that we are certainly way ahead of most people in the UK. We really started early on this,” he said.

Curtis said Edinburgh Castle had been a stiff challenge because it was a “very public” place made up of 27 separate buildings with some of the walls around five feet thick.

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