The Green Open Homes network was established in 2013 to support low-carbon open homes events across the country.
Green Open Homes events are where people open their homes to show visitors energy saving improvments that they’ve made. Visiting a home is a great way to find out about the reality of getting solar panels, insulation, triple glazing, or new heating options without talking to a salesman. People can have a good look at the technology, ask the residents whether the installation was a hassle, and find out much they’re really saving on their energy bills as a result.
Events have been running across the country for several years now. They are a great way to get people interested in low carbon improvements, giving visitors a feel for what is possible in their own homes. For people already planning renovations, it's a chance to discuss the real nitty gritty of costs, installers, timescales and so on before they go ahead with an installation. Events range in size, scale, time and focus. They are all characterised by a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, candid discussions about home improvements and a sharing of experiences and advice. The best of them come with a generous helping of community spirit and – on occasions – tea and cake!
This Green Open Homes website is aimed at existing and potential organisers of green open homes events and at people who want to visit a green open home. Visitors can find their nearest event, look up homes, and plan their visit. Organisers can choose a url and set up a free mini site, download guidance and resources, and get ideas for planning, marketing and running their event. There is a Green Open Homes newsletter and there are regualr organiser meet ups.