Green showhome goes on display at Twerton
An energy-efficiency show home has been opened in Bath.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has teamed up with social housing landlord Curo to lay on the home at Twerton for a month so people can learn more about saving energy in their homes and reducing their fuel bills.
Energy saving experts will be on hand to provide tips on setting central heating controls efficiently, measures to address condensation and damp, low energy lighting options, taking accurate meter readings, and picking the right insulation.
Anybody can drop in to 56, The Hollow, on Tuesdays from 3pm – 7pm, and Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am – 2pm, until April 14.
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The open house will also be open on both Saturday and Sunday April 13 and 14 for the Green Homes weekend, when people show off the energy efficient work already carried out in their homes.
Councillor Simon Allen (Lib Dem, Radstock), the council’s cabinet member for wellbeing, said: “The open house is available to anyone wanting to take practical steps to stay warm, cut their bills, and reduce their carbon footprint.”
The project is part of the council's Winter Warmth Club managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in partnership with West of England Care and Repair, British Red Cross, Age UK and Curo.
Donna Baddeley, executive director for transformation and business improvement at Curo, said: "We hope that lots of people will drop in to see first-hand some of the simple, practical steps that they can take to save energy and save money in a typical home. The house will remain open for April's Bath Green Homes Open Weekend, before being re-let as a warm and affordable family home for Bath."
Full details about the club are available on the website www.bathnes.gov.uk/wwc or by calling the Home Energy Team free on 0800 0822234.
Bath Green Homes 2013 also involves Transition Bath and the Bath Preservation Trust, with more than 20 events taking place across the area throughout March and April.
The programme aims to show local residents how they can make their homes warmer, greener and cheaper to run. Events include the Green Living Fair on Sunday March 24 at Green Park Station and the annual Open Homes Weekend in April, which will showcase inspiring examples of local, energy efficient homes.
A number of workshops and talks are also being run, including:
• ‘Draught Proof Your Windows’ on Thursday March 21, 1.30pm, Bath Preservation Trust, Building of Bath collection, The Paragon, Free;
• ‘Home Energy Efficiency Workshop’ on Wednesday March 27, 7.30pm, Transition Bath, BRLSI, Queen Square, Transition Bath, Free, Booking is essential;
• ‘Introduction to Domestic Renewable Energy’ on Wednesday April 10, 7.30pm BRLSI, Queen Square, Transition Bath, Free, Booking is essential.
One of the home owners taking part in the weekend, John Toplis, added: “We have taken a DIY approach to making our home more efficient, and we were the first home in the area to get listed building consent for solar PV panels on our roof. We are proud to open our home so that others can see how we have saved energy and reduced our carbon footprint."
To find out more, visit the website www.bathgreenhomes.co.uk, follow @BathGreenHomes on Twitter, call 01225 477528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.