British homeowners may be inspired to install Smilight tubes in their properties or take other energy-efficient steps after learning that some of the UK's palaces will be doing similar in a bid to reduce gas bills and CO2 emissions.
In a project run by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), British Gas and Rockwool, Kensington Palace's Orangery, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London's Queen's House will undergo insulation work, a move that will require unique expertise as the rafters are more than 500 years old.
It is hoped that the development will see the buildings cut a combined £130,000 from their utility bills, while decreasing emissions by 850 tonnes over the lifetime of the insulation.
Michael Day, chief executive of HRP, explained it is necessary to make these grand homes "suitable for a new low-carbon future".
Other moves to slash winter fuel bills could include installing energy saving bulbs such as Smilight 24w products, with Scott Byrom of moneysupermarket.com recently stating that approximately 40 per cent of annual energy consumption is used between November and January.