Buildings which are as old as ours must be renovated and restored on a regular basis, and whenever we begin a project we consider how to improve our use of energy. We have found it to be most effective when we work with traditional materials such as loam and straw, oak, and bricks which made according to old techniques. Fortunately we have a number of regional businesses as well as our own employees who are able support us in our efforts. Love of this beautiful old house unites us as we try to conserve the ancient beauty of the place and protect and improve upon it so that it can serve future generations. To do this, we also use new technology such as electronic thermostats and networked smoke-detectors, where this supports our goals of environmentally soundness and sustainability.