Open Homes 2014
The idea behind the weekend is to answer the questions – ‘Why be Sustainable?’ and ‘What can we do to be Sustainable?’ From simple solutions (for example, change light bulbs) to more complex and expensive solutions (for example installing ground source heating).
This is the sixth event of this kind organised by Transition Stroud with the highest number of homes opening to date. Homes were open over the Bank Holiday weekend in May to demonstrate and give advice about renewables and energy efficiency measures. Over 700 visits were made to the homes and nearly 100 to the exhibition at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud the weekend before.
Many participants say they have been inspired to take energy efficiency measures and consider renewables in their own homes after the weekend. Some people, having visited before and made changes to their own homes, visited again this year for inspiration towards their next eco-renovation or building plans.
With a record 27 homes opening – from old, listed buildings to self-built wooden homes; from modern terraced to 17th century detached, visitors were able to find something of interest to their own situation as well as being inspired by home owners who were ahead of them in sustainability.