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The Crown properties rack up £2m in energy bills

We've worked out how much energy the properties that feature in The Crown use, and it's a lot.

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By Matt Maynard · 11th November 2020

The energy bills of the stunning properties featured in the new season of The Crown are estimated to cost up to a combined total of £2,261,196 a year!

Our analysis of the energy costs for the royals shows that the buildings expected to feature prominently in season four of The Crown - including Diana’s family estate Althorp House - are estimated to cost up to a combined £2,261,196 a year in gas and electricity bills.

Out of all the historic buildings to feature in the hugely popular series based on the British Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is unsurprisingly holding the number one spot, with an estimated annual energy bill of £1,078,470, making up almost half of the bills of all the properties. 

Windsor castle comes in with the second most expensive energy bills, with Althorp House sitting in third. The table below shows the largest estimated energy bills, broken down by royal property. 

RankResidence 

Estimated annual energy cost on a Standard Variable Tariff

1

Buckingham Palace 

£1,078,470

2

Windsor Castle 

£630,410

3

Althorp House 

£130,250

4

Sandringham House 

£103,250 

5

Balmoral Castle 

£101,527

6

Anmer Hall 

£58,573

7

Gatcombe Park 

£52,716 

8

Kensington Palace 

£39,049

9

Highgrove House 

£37,097

10

Clarence House 

£29,287

 Total 

£2,261,196

The Royal Household has implemented an Energy Management Strategy, thus far helping improve the energy efficiency of these buildings by 40% - achieving a 24% reduction in heating and lighting last year. 

It's not just environmental savings to be had, either, as Buckingham Palace, for instance, could save £299,487 each year by switching to the most competitive fixed rate energy deal. Across the ten properties, switching to a better deal would save an impressive £627,926 each year!

Table: Largest estimated energy bills and potential energy savings, broken down by Royal property

PropertyRoomsEstimated area (sq ft)Annual energy cost on SVTPotential annual saving by switching to a fixed dealLocation Residents
Buckingham Palace

775

828,000

£1,078,470

£299,487

Westminster,

London

The Queen’s working residency 
Windsor Castle

100

484,000

£630,410

£175,062

Windsor, BerkshireThe Queen’s weekend retreat 
Althorp House

93

100,000

£130,250

£36,170

Althorp, Northampton-shirePrincess Diana’s family estate and home from the age of 14
Sandringham House

Unknown 

79,706

£103,817

£28,830

Sandringham, NorfolkThe Queen’s country home, Diana was born at neighbouring property Park House
Balmoral Castle

52

77,948

£101,527

£28,194

Aberdeenshire, ScotlandThe Queen’s second private home
Anmer Hall

30

44,970

£58,573

£16,265

Anmer, NorfolkWilliam and Kate’s summer home
Gatcombe park

27

40,473

£52,716

£14,639

Avening, GloucestershirePrincess Anne’s home
Kensington Palace

20

29,980

£39,049

£10,844

Kensington, LondonCharles and Diana’s former home, now home to Prince William and Kate
Highgrove House

19

28,481

£37,097

£10,302

Tetbury, GloucestershirePrince William and Harry’s childhood home
Clarence House

15

22,485

£29,287

£8,133

Westminster,

London

Formally the Queen mother’s home, Diana resided here in preparation for her marriage. Now home to Charles and Camilla
Total

1,131

1,736,043

£2,261,196

£627,926

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Tom Lyon, Director of Energy here at Energy Helpline, comments: “It’s fair to say that we all love watching The Crown and getting a look inside these grand homes and, considering the size and age of these impressive buildings, it’s perhaps little wonder that their energy bills will be equally grand."

“For example, some of Buckingham Palace’s radiators are over sixty years old, and the electrical cabling and heating date from the 1950s. But with measures like installing LED lighting which uses up to 86% less electricity across the estate, it’s incredible to see the environmental and cost-savings being made."

“While the energy bills for these historic and large buildings will be eye-wateringly high, moving to a fixed rate deal in our own homes is one of the easiest ways to cut bills, with the average person saving a sizeable £289 per year by switching.”

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