Open homes: see how others have improved their homes
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 15 August 2012 at 9:35 am
Every year there are more and more people opening up their homes, so others can see what measures they have taken to make them warmer, more comfortable, last but not least cheaper to heat. With energy bills on a steep upward trajectory, taking action to reduce your need for energy has never made so much sense.
But it's still a new field; builders and other tradespeople often don't know much about it, and it can be hard to know where to start. A great way to find out is to see what people living locally have done to their home. You can ask how it went, get referrals for good tradespeople, and see how it looks in situ. Nothing beats seeing (and touching) and talking with someone who's already done it.
We will list all the open house schemes we hear about below. Let us know if you've got one near you, or add details in the comment section below.
Superhomes was (one of) the first organisations to promote open eco homes. Its members have all reduced energy use in their property by at least 60%. 40 homes will be open in September. They are scattered all around the country. Find one near you here: www.superhomes.org.uk.
Transition Forest of Dean
is opening 26 homes and businesses from Brockweir to Kempley, covering much of the Forest of Dean and Newent areas. Visit the properties over the weekend 8th and 9th September, 10 am to 4 pm, and speak to the home openers. Find out why they have chosen the technologies, how well they have worked and how much money they have saved. forestecoopenhomes.org.uk.
Eco homes in Dorchester
Dorchester’s first open eco-homes weekend is coming up on 8th and 9th September. Visits are free but some need to be booked in advance. With fuel prices and government policy all pushing us to save energy, this is an excellent chance to find out how local ‘green’ householders are cutting their bills. greendor
Stroud Eco Renovation Open Homes
Twelve low energy homes in and around Stroud are opening their doors on Satruday 15 and Sunday 16 September. In addition, there will be eco workshops, presented by local renovation experts, and an opportunity to meet installers, at the Festival of Nature on Saturday 8 September. Stroud Open Homes.
The green homes network is holding an open day on 29 September. It's a collaboration between the Energy Saving Trust and the Scottish Government. Green Homes Opendays.By Cathy Debenham
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