Eco Open Houses: Watch our sessions on heating, power and insulation
We’ve just finished our series of three Eco Open Houses online with about 200 attendees over the three events. The topics covered included heating, insulation, draughtproofing and powering your home, These were illustrated by local residents’ presentations of the changes they had made to improve energy efficiency, make their homes less costly to run and make them more environmentally friendly. Below you will find a summary of the topics covered and the recording of the events.
We have produced a follow up sheet with some links which we hope you will find helpful which can be found here
Heating your home: Alternatives to oil and gas
Thursday 11 February, 6pm to 7pm
What is the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat your home? Some of our participants have installed heat pumps, both air source and ground source heat pumps. Given that gas boilers are due to be phased out in 2025, these will be one of the main options for heating. We plan also to discuss wood fired boilers, underfloor heating and solar heating for hot water.
Many thanks to all those who took part in our online event on Thursday, February 11th. Here’s a recording of the event:
Please contact us if you would like further information or have further questions.
Insulation & draughtproofing – how to keep the heat in
Thursday 18 February, 6pm to 7pm
All those taking part in this session have carried out some form of enhanced insulation to their homes. As well as roof insulation there will be examples of how you can add wall insulation to an existing house. Living in Lewes with old leaky windows you may be interested in the explanation of how to install neat secondary double glazing and there are also some easy solutions to draughts.
Many thanks to all those who took part in our online event on Thursday, February 18th. Here’s a recording of the event:
One of our presenters, Nicola, gave a particularly in-depth explanation of how she insulated her older house and the materials she used which is full of tips and ideas. The pdf of Nicola’s presentation can be seen here…
Powering your home: photovoltaics and batteries
Thursday 25 February, 6pm to 7pm
This session will focus primarily on photovoltaic panels (PV) and home batteries. Although the government subsidies for PV have gone, they still (just) make financial sense living here in the south-east with our higher than UK average sunshine. Batteries in the home will most likely become the norm in time but most of our participants have already installed them ahead of the game. Find out what is involved and whether it’s now the time to go electric.
Many thanks to all those who took part in our online event on Thursday, February 25th. Here’s a recording of the event:
Lewes eco open houses
Eco house inspiration
There are plenty of ideas and information for making your house more eco-friendly from the Eco Open House events we have held over the years. Local people from across the Lewes district opened their varied houses to the public to show and talk about the improvements they had made. Unlike sales people, they gave frank views on what has and hasn’t worked for them.
Our 2021 online eco open house events covered heating, insulating and powering your home and the recordings of these events can be seen here. One of our presenters, Nicola, gave a particularly in-depth explanation of how she insulated her older house and the materials she used which is full of tips and ideas. The pdf of her presentation can be seen here.
We have produced a folow-up sheet with links which we hope you will find helpful which can be found here.
Brochures and leaflets for our older events can be seen below. Although there is only basic information for the years 2009 and 2010, there are links to much more detailed information for subsequent years 2012 – 2017. Please note that some of the information in the brochures may now be slightly out of date. We hope you enjoy seeing what others have done.
If you are on the point of installing any particular measure and would like to consult a householder who has already done so, please contact us and we will attempt to arrange it. Send your enquiry here…
Please note that the Lewes Eco Open Houses website no longer exists.
2009: Houses in Lewes and surrounding area
2010: Houses in Lewes and surrounding area
2017: There were just two houses open and they are included in the information above.
Eco Open Houses Worthing
Transition Town Worthing also has a wealth of valuable information for homeowners, especially for anyone retrofitting an older property. Have a look at Eco Open Houses Worthing & Adur (2020) and Eco Open Houses Worthing, including Lancing & Shoreham (2018)
We are lucky to have a number of experts in the town who are always happy to help. Here is some information from them:
Magnetic secondary double glazing and LED lighting, see Jill Goulder’s helpful video and information here…
Also see this article by Neil Williams on air source heat pumps.