Steyning’s first Eco Open Houses trail launched

The Steyning Eco Open Houses launch. Photography by Frank Bull � 2014
The Steyning Eco Open Houses launch. Photography by Frank Bull � 2014

THE first Eco Open Houses event for Steyning was launched in the town on Tuesday.

Low Carbon Trust, Brighton Permaculture Trust and Steyning 10:10, in collaboration with Green Open Homes, launched the trail with the help of Nigel Berman, an award-winning eco online retailer.

Four Steyning homes will be open to the public on Sunday, April 27, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, to show how people can save money on energy and water bills while staying warm and comfortable and reducing the carbon footprint.

During the launch event, councillors, householders, volunteers and event organisers took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 Stonecroft, Tanyard Lane, one of the homes on the trail.

Owner Dave Tester explained how he had eco-renovated his home on a modest budget, which included high levels of insulation, underfloor heating, and a large solar PV installation.

Mr Berman then explained the popularity of his online eco products.

He said: “No improvement is too small when you add it all together.”

Using a product demonstration, he showed simple measures, such as installing radiator boosters, or reflective panels, which can save an average householder up to £140 per year on energy costs.

Geoff Barnard, Steyning 10:10 host and event co-organiser, said the residents involved were excited to host the new event and the climate action group had big ambitions for the future.

Mr Barnard said: “There has been a lot of public commitment, so we want to give a big thank you to those householders who are opening their homes this weekend.”

Caroline Schofield, from Brighton Permaculture Trust, rounded off the launch by thanking all the event partners and volunteers who will be running the four-home event on Sunday.

There will also be a talk at the Steyning Centre, about a large-scale renovation project in Normandy. The project will case study how locally-sourced materials such as straw bales, flax and seashells have high thermal performance for eco-renovations or self-build projects. There are two talks, from 2pm to 3.30pm, and from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Entry to the homes and talk are free and no booking is required.For a downloadable brochure visit Eco Open Houses.