Some of England’s most historic sites are set to become more energy efficient as Ecotricity has launched a partnership with English Heritage.

The charity will appoint 20 green energy champions who will be mentored by Ecotricity to improve energy efficiency and lower energy consumption across its top 20 sites.

As part of the partnership, Ecotricity will donate money to English Heritage for every person who switches their energy supply through a new sign up deal.

The donations will fund the creation of a full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, who will be responsible for making the charity’s sites more sustainable, while cutting costs and carbon emissions.

Dale Vince, founder at Ecotricity, said: “English Heritage are responsible for some of our oldest and most beautiful sites, but have the vision to be involved with renewable energy schemes – which we think of as future heritage.

“History doesn’t stand still and neither are English Heritage, which is great to see.”

Rob Woodside, estates director at English Heritage, added: “With Ecotricity’s support, we will effectively monitor and review energy consumption at our collection of over 400 historic sites, putting environmental sustainability first to help improve the charity’s green credentials and encourage English Heritage Members, staff and volunteers to consider their own carbon footprint.”

Ecotricity recently teamed up with Next Kraftwerke to create a greener smart grid in a bid to regulate the UK’s energy demand, storage and generation in “real-time.”