Men, women and family’s from all over Sussex visited the Steyning Centre to learn more about energy efficiency steps. The Eco Open Houses event which took place just over a week ago showed to be a lot more triumphant than organisers predicted, with a total of 424 visits at the Steyning Centre across the four houses and a presentation on a renovation project taking place in France.
Geoff Barnard, Coordinator of Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group, expressed his delight saying the event was the most ambitious thing they had been involved with and it had generated a real buzz.
“The event was a huge success, we had 424 visits, which was way more than we were expecting, and a really encouraging sign of the interest out there in making our homes more energy efficient,” he added.
“People came from all over Sussex to see what Steyning homeowners had done to make their houses warmer and cut their energy bills. For some it was the high tech solutions that caught their eye, such as the special controller that Mike and Di Croker have fitted that allow them to heat up their hot water tank when the sun’s out, using electricity from their solar panels.
“For others it was simple measures like the neat secondary glazing fitted on Maxine Rawling’s historic flint cottage. There was also lots of interest in what people had done in their gardens with compost bins, rainwater harvesting and other green measures,” Mr Barnard explained.
People walked away with some new ideas and conceptions to experiment with and try out, alongside a stack of information on what to do next.
The Coordinator of Climate Action Group said: “This is the most ambitious thing we have done, but I think it’s been one of the most successful. There’s nothing like being able to see energy-saving measures in action, and in houses very similar to yours, to convince you to take the next step and get going on your own eco improvements.”
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