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Royal homes to get thermal insulation "makeover"

More than 4,500 square metres of thermal insulation is to be installed at a number of historic royal palaces in London, according to reports.

Some 11,000 rolls of the material will be used to kit out loft spaces at Hampton Court, Queen's House at the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, the Press Association said.

The work, which will involve installing lagging around 500-year-old beams in some cases, will be carried out by British Gas and Rockwool on behalf of the charity Historic Royal Palaces.

Over the lifetime of the insulation, it is expected to cut the three sites' gas bills by £130,000 and eliminate 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Historic Royal Palaces chief executive Michael Day said: "These great palaces have stood the test of time over hundreds of years.

"Today we must make sure they are suitable for a new, low-carbon future."

The former royal households are not the only residences in line for a thermal insulation upgrade, as the government has unveiled plans to retrofit the UK's 26 million homes with energy-saving measures through the Green Deal.

Under the scheme, lenders will provide up to £6,500 to cover the cost of eco-friendly home improvements and the money will be paid back through the resulting savings on energy bills.