Cambridge’s Eco Homes Open Their Doors

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are organising an Open Eco Homes event this month in Cambridge to inspire the public to make eco-friendly home improvements which can help save the planet and a bit of cash along the way. Open Eco Homes include a timber framed custom built house, a Victorian terrace house and even a narrowboat!

Fifteen homes in and around Cambridge will be opening their doors on Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th June to show what can be done with solar panels, sedum green roofs, wood-burning stoves, ground source heat pumps, wall insulation, in-home electricity generation, and many other measures fitting a wide range of budgets ranging from DIY to professional installations. The homes include old and new, big and small, and are warm and comfortable while economical in energy use.

Have you been thinking about low energy solutions or putting solar panels on your roof, for now or in the future? Eco Home owners are enthusiastic about the changes they have made and are happy to share their experiences, ideas, costings and excitement. You can find out what worked and what didn’t, and about the reality of giving your home an energy makeover.

You can see the homes here and choose which ones you’d like to visit. To book your guided tours call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012. Lines are open 9-7 Monday to Friday and 9-12 Saturday.

Liz Knox, the Open Eco Homes Project Manager, says, “There is a growing community of home owners with an infectious enthusiasm for making these changes, and helping others make them too. What’s great about it is that it brings people together.”

An exciting launch event has been planned to kick off the Open Eco Homes days. The launch event is called Eco Renovation ‘Question Time’ and comprises of a panel of local low energy homes experts; followed by wine & soft drinks, and a chance to browse stalls. The launch is free and starts at 7.30 pm on Friday 10th June at St Luke’s Centre, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ. Click here to see the Open Eco Homes leaflet for more information.

Visits to the Eco Homes will take place in guided tours of small groups at scheduled times, 10.30am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th June (Suggested donation is £3 per person per home). Accessibility: Private homes have different levels of accessibility so please ask for details when you call.

Open Eco Homes is organised by award-winning local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint, in association with the Energy Saving Trust. It builds upon the success of last year’s initiative, with dozens of volunteers freely giving their time to make the event happen. Funding has been generously contributed by Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and local businesses: Ridgeons, Midsummer Energy, Mole Architects and East Green Energy.

About Cambridge Carbon Footprint
CCF helps people work together creatively to make real reductions in their CO2 emissions. They have four main aims:
– Promote public engagement with the problem of climate change
– Help people make substantial reductions in carbon emissions
– Approach the issue from a psychological, social & cultural standpoint
– Move us collectively towards a lower-carbon society
For more information, check out their website.

Image courtesy of cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

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