November sees Netflix’s acclaimed royal drama The Crown return for a fourth season which just may be its most anticipated outing yet. Set to cover the tumultuous years between 1979 and 1990, these ten new episodes will see the introduction of two iconic figures in Princess Diana (Emma Corin) and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).
There will be no shortage of gripping scenes, from Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana’s lavish wedding to the Queen’s (Olivia Colman) famously tense dealings with Thatcher, along with plenty of beautiful buildings to admire.
As well as being lovely to look at, properties like Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Althorp House and Sandringham House which are due to make an appearance in this season of The Crown have something else in common. They all consume a staggering amount of energy!
Our in-depth analysis of ten of these royal residences estimates that they rack up to a combined £2,261,196 in gas and electricity bills every year. A reveal that’s just as dramatic as anything seen on your TV screen.
As to be expected, the biggest energy bills are opened by the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace which sees estimated gas and electricity costs of a staggering £1,078,470 a year.
The official London home of the royal family is a very busy place. As well as being an active administrative hub, it also welcomes over 50,000 guests every year and boasts a huge total of 775 rooms. That’s a lot of lights to keep on!
There’s also its age to consider. Buckingham Palace was originally built in 1703 and while it’s seen several expansions and renovations since then some of its systems are still stuck in the past.
Certain radiators in the Palace are over 60 years old while the heating and electrical cabling date back to the 1950s. Older systems such as these are significantly less energy efficient meaning they generally cost a lot more to run.
Windsor Castle, traditionally where the Queen resides on weekends and for the month of Easter, generates the second largest estimated gas and electricity bill with a spend of £630,410 a year.
It might be smaller than Buckingham Palace in terms of square footage but energy usage is clearly still quite high at the world’s oldest inhabited castle. It has 150 permanent residents and puts on grand royal banquets as well as receiving plenty of visits from different Heads of States.
Unlike Buckingham Palace, the vast majority of Windsor Castle is accessible to the public meaning it attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Rounding out the top three is Althorp House, the Spencer family estate and childhood home of Princess Diana with a yearly estimated gas and electricity bill of £130,250. This too hosts private events and has lots of visitors each month, who flock to see its lush gardens and extensive collection of paintings, all of which adds up to a large energy consumption rate.
It’s not all doom and gloom for these properties however. A decade long Energy Management Strategy has been implemented which aims to improve the Royal Family’s energy efficiency by 40%. It’s already seen really positive results as there was a 24% reduction in heating and light last year.
Another simple solution is for residents to switch to a fixed price energy tariff. Unlike a standard variable tariff (SVT), this type of deal locks in one set price for the duration of your contract. SVTs don’t have one set price per single unit of energy meaning your bills are liable to fluctuate from month to month. They may go down but they could also become much more expensive.
By switching to the most competitive fixed rate energy deal on the market Buckingham Palace could save £299,487 every year! A figure which increases to £627,926 if all ten properties were to switch.
It’s not only the Royals that could switch by saving however. Switching to a new deal with Energy Helpline could help you save up to £497* on your yearly bills! All you need to do is to enter your postcode into our online comparison tool to see the deals available in your area. We handle the entire switchover for your and there will be no interruption to your current supply.