SuperHome Open Days set to inspire your eco makeover
Interested in making your home one of the most environmentally friendly in your area? This is your chance to talk to someone who has already done it!
Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most energy efficient SuperHomes will be hosting free open days between Saturday 17th March and Sunday 25th March 2012.
SuperHomes are older homes that have been refurbished to the highest standards of energy efficiency – resulting in greater comfort, significantly lower running costs and a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 60%.
SuperHomes showcase a range of home improvements likely to become popular following the launch of the Green Deal in October 2012. The majority of SuperHomes are super-insulated so visitors with draughty old solid wall properties will discover some clever ways to make their home more comfortable in winter. In many cases renewable energy heats water, provides electricity or contributes to space heating.
Attending an open day provides the opportunity to speak to a homeowner who has already done the thinking and undertaken and lived with some major improvements. Who could be better qualified to help you make the right choices?
The SuperHomes website makes it easy to find properties with features you may have on your wish list. SuperHomes open to the public in March, September and at other times by appointment. For more information, or to book to attend an open day, visit www.superhomes.org.uk
1. The Big Picture
The UK government set a target of a 60% carbon reduction by 2050 in 2005, which was subsequently increased to 80%. It is estimated that as many as 80% of all homes that will be in standing in 2050 have already been built. This means that retrofitting existing homes is a priority if the government’s target is to be met. The UK’s 25 million homes currently account for 27% of UK carbon emissions.
The Government’s Green Deal which will offer loans for energy efficiency improvements will be available from October 2012. Repayments will be on a ‘pay as you save’ basis, helping overcome any upfront financial obstacles to making the improvements.
2. The Sustainable Energy Academy
The Sustainable Energy Academy promotes education and action to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and communities. It is currently spearheading SuperHomes - a network of older homes which have been refurbished to the highest standard of energy efficiency. The aim is to create a network of 500 SuperHomes that are local and publicly accessible by 2020.
SuperHomes harnesses the enthusiasm of pioneering households to demonstrate the benefits of switching to low energy living. SuperHome Open Days showcase today’s technologies, providing a touch and feel experience to inspire visitors to action. They also let visitors see for themselves both the challenges and the financial and environmental savings to be made from making the change.
Over 50,000 people have already visited a SuperHome. Currently there are 114 registered SuperHomes and 80% of the population in England lives within 40 minutes of one. The network includes a wide range of older property types including Victorian houses, a thatched cottage, an 18th century converted mill and some properties that produce more energy than they use.
4. This article was produced by the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA).
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