Houses open doors to show how to save energy

Solar panels on the roof in Kings Barn Lane
Solar panels on the roof in Kings Barn Lane

ECO Open Houses has been launched in Steyning and Worthing for the first time.

Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group, Low Carbon Trust, Brighton Permaculture Trust and Transition Town Worthing worked in collaboration with Green Open Homes to launch the trails over two weekends this month.

The Worthing houses opened on Saturday and Sunday and the Steyning section will take place on Sunday, April 27, when the four houses involved will be open from 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm.

There will also be a presentation on a French renovation project, which will be at The Steyning Centre at 2pm and 3.30pm. Two representatives will speak about the project in Lower Normandy, explaining their findings and the implications.

The idea of the scheme is for people to see how to save money on energy and water bills, while staying warm and comfortable and reducing their carbon footprint.

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 event is part of a nationwide Green Open Homes network and entry is free.

Co-organiser 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.”

See Thursday’s Herald for details of the properties to visit.