Eco-house weekend inspires people to go green

green open doors

Published Tuesday 21 October 2014

An open house weekend showcasing environmentally friendly technology attracted hundreds of visits from people interested in reducing their bills and saving energy around their home.

Green Open Doors saw 273 visits to New Forest properties by people interested in viewing eco-measures such as solar panels, biomass boilers and air source heat pumps in action, and speak to the homeowners who enjoy their benefits.

The event, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest Transition, saw 11 properties opening their doors throughout the weekend of 4 and 5 October.

Entry to all houses was free, with homeowners on hand to answer any questions about the pros and cons of their property’s environmentally friendly features.

Visitor Mike Bundock from Dibden Purlieu, said: ‘We loved Green Open Doors. We managed to see eight houses and learnt a few tricks that I will use on my projects. The folk were wonderful and the some good contacts were made. I hope my property will be one of the open houses next year.

‘I love projects like this that are all about bringing householders together to help reduce their energy bills and their carbon emissions. It’s good to meet people who like me are interested in saving energy by using the latest sustainable technologies that actually work!’

Fiona Rogers, owner of participating property Efford Mill, near Lymington, said: ‘The week-end was definitely most worthwhile, and in particular because we welcomed so many interesting and interested people to our home. It was comforting to meet others with the same desire to do something positive about energy-saving in our homes, and we enjoyed sharing useful ideas.  

‘We had the strong impression this time around that visitors were much better versed in energy efficiency than had been the case a couple of years ago.  A very positive and unexpectedly sociable event!’

If you missed Green Open Doors and are looking for energy-saving inspiration, watch our series of videos of participating properties. The videos include interviews with the home owners and insight into the most effective energy saving measures, and are available at www.youtube.com/newforestnpa.

To register your interest in taking part in the next Green Open Doors, contact Sustainability Officer Andy Brennan on 01590 646676 or email andy.brennan@newforestnpa.gov.uk.   

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Notes to photo editor:

Efford Mill, Lymington – a Green Open Doors participating property.

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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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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