'Brideshead' Castle Revisited for a Green Makeover

YORK, United Kingdom — A castle that doubled as the home of the aristocratic Marchmain family in a television adaptation of "Brideshead Revisted" has been transformed through a green makeover.

Castle Howard in Yorkshire was one of the stars of the 1980s ITV serialization of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel alongside a young Jeremy Irons.

The story, which was written during World War II, looks back at a time when the British aristocracy ran the country and deals with emotive issues of homosexuality and religion.

In present day real life, the castle is home to the Hon. Simon Howard, who spent £160,000 (about $245,244.80 USD) on an energy-saving, ground-source heat recovery system.

Howard, who was interviewed in the latest issue of Country Life Magazine, says he nearly fell off his chair when he was quoted the price.

But he's been astounded by the savings: The castle's annual heating bill was cut in half from £40,000 to £20,000 (from roughly $61,311.20 to $30,655.60 USD).

He said: "People said, 'you must be mad'. But it's not as if the technology is not proven -- it's just that not many people have taken a chance on it yet. I'm immensely pleased that we took that leap of faith."

This article originally appeared on Edie News, and is reprinted with permission.

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