Get money saving tips from eco-property weekend

green open doors

Published Wednesday 10 September 2014

If the onset of autumn has got you thinking of ways to save money on your gas or electric bills, an open house weekend could provide you with the inspiration you need.

Green Open Doors is an opportunity for anybody interested in reducing their bills and saving energy around their home to see environmentally friendly technologies in action, and speak to the homeowners who enjoy their benefits.  

See a map of the properties, and more information at

The event, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest Transition, sees eleven properties opening their doors throughout the weekend of 4 and 5 October. The properties offer visitors the chance to find out more about a range of energy saving measures, including:

  • Solar panels
  • Air-source heat pumps
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Biomass
  • Rainwater harvesting.

Entry to all houses is free and no booking is required, with homeowners on hand to answer any questions on the pros and cons of their property’s environmentally friendly features.

John Pemberton, Green Open Doors participant and New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘This is a good opportunity for us to show what can be done to reduce energy usage and use renewable sources of energy.  Not only can people save themselves money in the long term, they will also help to preserve the future of environmentally sensitive areas like the New Forest by reducing the use of oil and gas fuels.’

Marian Spain, National Park Authority member, said: ‘Green Open Doors is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the green technologies they could use in their homes as part of a more sustainable lifestyle. Not only can they help families save money on household bills, but living sustainably will support the environment, communities and economic wellbeing of the New Forest National Park.’

To see a map of the properties, and find out opening times and details of each one, visit The website also contains information on how to open your own house as part of this year’s event.

For those looking for a preview of some of the properties in this year’s event, there is a new series of videos showing interviews with some of the home owners and an insight into the most effective energy saving measures at


Notes to photo editor:

Brackenhurst, a 4-bedroom detached eco-property near Lymington.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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