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

LEOHWhat 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:

Click here to view on YouTube

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:

Click here to view on YouTube

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:


  1. Pat Marsh

    I would love to attend these events for the Our Place Wye Environment Group but am already signed up for Sustainable Side-Kicks workshops on the same days from 5.30pm-7pm. Will you be making recordings of your webinars? I’d really like to be able to see them at a later date.

    Many thanks.

  2. Julia Waterlow

    Yes, assuming all the tech works we will be recording them though we haven’t yet worked out where we will put them for future viewing. Do sign up for our newsletter and I’ll make sure we do an article saying where they can be found.

    • Deirdre Daly

      You can set up your own private YouTube channel and put them on there. It’s really easy to set up – even I did it! You can then give anyone the link to the channel to watch it when they want to.

  3. Julia Waterlow

    Many thanks, I believe we have a youtube channel which we haven’t made use of. I will get one of the technically-minded people to check it out.

  4. Susan Hill

    I plan to join the talks “eco open house” this month, as I have an airsource heat pump integrated with solar thermal hot water booster for which I should like some advice. Also I have PV panels on my roof. The installers of these devices have all now gone bust, so I should like advice as to a firm for services and repair when necessary.
    I’m sorry if this is the wrong place to make this request.

  5. Julia Waterlow

    Hi Susan, would you like me to pass your query on to one of our eco house people who’s a bit of an expert? Are you local? We can let you know the names of some installers for sure. Please email and I can forward your question. Julia

  6. Liz O'Halloran

    Hi. We would be really interested in the “Heating your home” session this evening but will be unable to attend. Would be really good if we could watch on your you tube channel. Is this going to be possible at some point please?
    Many thanks

  7. Julia Waterlow

    Yes, we are planning to after the events are finished. Do sign up to the TTL newsletter and you will be kept informed.

    • Pauline Cory

      I’d love to see your Eco Open Houses events online once you’ve completed them. Like you, we (Transition Worthing) have our own YouTube channel and videos of our past events are on there, so I am sure you will be able to put them on yours for people to check out – it will be a great resource for everyone.
      Can you please sign me up for the newsletter so I will get a reminder that they’ve been put on your site. Many thanks and well done!

  8. Nick Owens

    Please could you point me to the YouTube location for the 11th Feb 2021 TTL eco-house event? Keen to see it.



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