Eco Open Houses

Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Nigel

Eco Open House

Next week – from the 25th to the 28th October – twenty houses across Brighton and Hove will be open to the public as part of an Eco Open House project, to showcase how you can be more energy efficient in your own home.

Run by the Low Carbon Trust and Partners, Eco Open Houses are a great chance for anyone interested in green living or energy efficiency.

Real life householders show how to make big fuel savings as well as lower your carbon footprint at the same time. With temperatures dropping, fuel bills rising and spending cuts continuing to take a bite, it’s a great opportunity to see what other people are doing.

There is a map of the houses here, and it is free to visit any of the houses. You just need to check whether you need to book, or if you can just turn up.

There are 8 new houses this year. Some of the houses are old, some are new, some have won awards, others seem ordinary. But what they all have in common is that the people living in them have low energy and water bills, and enjoy warm happy homes in winter.

I saw that at one house (owned by another Nigel!) – they have reduced their energy costs by 75% and their CO2 emissions by 83% by wrapping the whole of the house in high levels of insulation and installing solar thermal panels.

It doesn’t necessarily take expensive renovation to cut bills though: behaviour changes and small alterations can make a big difference and at Nigels Eco Store, we have a whole load of products that could help you do that.

I’m looking forward to seeing the different environmental improvements taken by the house holders.

The biggest problem I am having, is trying to decide which house to visit.
 


2 Responses to “Eco Open Houses”

  1. EPSGroup Says:

    This seems like a great initiative for raising the profile of Low Energy and Passive Houses to the general public. As an Energy Consultant I am seeing a growing awareness towards the benefits of building highly insulated and efficient new build properties with many clients now adopting ‘Passive’ principles within their conventional designs.

  2. Avis Carter Says:

    The dates and venues for Eco Open Houses 2013 have now been announced and full details are available on the Brighton Permaculture Trust and Low Carbon Trust websites:
    http://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk
    http://www.ecoopenhouses.org/index.html