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Green Open Homes: visit for inspiration in spring and autumn

Posted by Gordon Glass on 18 May 2015 at 10:30 am

This month is a busy one for Green Open Homes with events all over the country, from West Cornwall to Yorkshire. An estimated total of 200 homes are being opened up this spring for visitors, showcasing both low cost energy efficient improvements and larger more expensive options. Event locations include Sheffield, North Dorset, Norfolk, London, Worthing, Truro, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and Lancaster.

There is a chance to see renewable installations such as solar PV and solar thermal, air and ground source heat pumps, a biomass boiler on a district heating system and a hydroelectric scheme as well as retrofit measures including solid wall insulation, draught-proofing, cavity wall insulation, triple and quadruple glazing, floor insulation and loft insulation among many others. The types of homes include inner city terraces, flats, bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses, farmhouses and new build ‘super eco homes’.

The events provide a great opportunity to talk to local home owners about the process of improving the energy efficiency of a home. You can have a good look at the installations, ask the residents if anything was a hassle, and find out how much they’re really saving on their energy bills as a result.  An event in York this month even gave visitors the chance to win a home energy assessment which is a great way of discovering a property’s potential. Another event in Manchester offered free bus transport between event homes.

Support is also available if you feel inspired to run an open homes event yourself. The Green Open Homes website provides a range of guidance for organisers, case studies on previous events and a free micro-site is provided to any organiser who wishes to use it.

In order to help organisations run a successful event there is also a pot of grant funding available for open homes events happening in September and October thanks to additional DECC funding. Grant awards of up to £7,500 are available and all applications must be submitted by the deadline of June 15th. Open homes events in Cumbria and Essex are already confirmed for autumn.

A networking event is planned to run in the summer for organisers, home openers and volunteers, and a mentor group of experienced organisers will be established to offer help and support to newer groups.

To find out more about upcoming events, how to run an event or to read more about the funding opportunities please visit the Green Open Homes website and if you have any questions you can always get in touch with the team on 0117 9341400 or by email on

With thanks to James Watt of the Centre for Sustainable Energy for submitting this update.

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NEF GordonComment left on: 28 July 2015 at 10:02 am


Homeowners take different routes to a green home, sometimes responding to government incentives (FiTs, RHI, insulation grants etc), sometimes with a longer term plan.

The SuperHomes network is worth exploring - 65% of SuperHome refurbishments took place over more than 2 years as a series of planned projects or gradually over time with no masterplan.

There are plenty of green open home events planned this autumn so you could visit and talk to some homeowners who have already been there and done it perhaps...


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mikerosenburgComment left on: 28 July 2015 at 4:42 am

I am ver much interested in green living like for home improvement and buidling. But, what are the basic tools and devices to use for regular household to convert house to green living. Start from solar panels and infrastructure, how much the possible cost?

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