Energy-saving homes to open for first time

Dave Tester uses solar power at his home in Tanyard Lane, Steyning' S09704H14
Dave Tester uses solar power at his home in Tanyard Lane, Steyning' S09704H14

HOUSES where energy bills have been cut are throwing open their doors for the first time to show other people how to follow suit.

Four homes in Steyning and further 11 in Worthing and Lancing are taking part in the first Eco Open Houses event in the area.

Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group has linked with the Low Carbon Trust and Transition Town Worthing to launch the open house network next month.

The event is being run as part of a nationwide Green Open Homes network.

Project manager Bridget Newbery said: “Green Open Home events give people an opportunity to see all sorts of energy saving improvements in situ and talk to home occupiers about how they work.”

The Steyning Centre will also be hosting a presentation on a large-scale renovation project in France, which is being used as a case study on using locally-sourced materials and their thermal performance.

Steyning Eco Open Houses will be on Sunday, April 27, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

The talk on the Lower Normandy project will be in the Saxon Room at the Steyning Centre the same day, at 2pm and 3.30pm.

The properties in Worthing and Lancing will be open on April 12 and 13, also from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

The idea is for people to be able to see first-hand how to save money on energy and water bills, while staying warm and comfortable and reducing the carbon footprint.

Entrance is free and tours will be operated by the householder or a professional associated with the project.

Visit to see where tours are available and check whether booking is required. Information booklets are also available at various locations, including libraries.

Mischa Hewitt, from Low Carbon Trust, said: “As a new event, this is a great network for homeowners in the area to be inspired by their neighbours on how to make simple improvements.”

Visitors will be encouraged to complete an Eco Open Houses pledge form, to state what improvements they would like to make to their home and the timescale over which they would be likely to make them.