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Eco Open Houses Lewes 13-14 September 2014

Ditchling, Barcombe & rural 20-21 September 2014

Lewes Eco Open Houses will run its fifth annual event over two weekends in September 2014.  16 eco-friendly homes will open their doors to the public, five for the first time.

The inspiring homes on show range from renovated Victorian cottages to 1960′s conversions and stunning architect designed new-build properties.  Properties in the villages and countryside feature exciting off grid measures such as air, ground and water source heat pumps, as well as being examples of good eco building. All have drastically cut their electricity, gas and water bills as well as carbon emissions.

The homes are free to visit and all are welcome.  Visitors can see and hear how – with a bit of determination and imagination – it is possible to make cost effective alterations that will significantly reduce a home’s energy consumption.

Further information, case studies and photos can be found at http://www.lewesecoopenhouses.org.uk and a brochure with full details will be available from late August in local shops, the library and tourist office.

Lewes highlights include the popular Wille Cottages, a model of what can be done in a Victorian cottage, with super-insulation, magnetic strip secondary double glazing, creative use of LED lighting, and land-share vegetable growing.  An architect designed new-build property in the Wallands area features solar roof tiles and maximises passive solar gain with a glazed southern facade.

Village and countryside properties featured include Knowlands Farm Granary with a water source heat pump, large solar panel array, and sustainable woodland.

Neil Williams, organiser of the event, whose Lewes home will be open on 13 and 14 September, said, “These homes showcase Green Technology and some have reduced their carbon emissions by 90%.  The home-owners are sharing their real experience of what succeeded and what could have been done better.”

Notes for editors

Lewes homes will open on 13-14 September 2014, and Barcombe, Ditchling and rural homes will open on 20-21 September.

Further information available in press and brochures closer to the time, and on website.
Lewes Eco Open Houses. The event is organised by Transition Town Lewes Energy Group in collaboration with Barcombe Energy Group and Hassocks, Keymer, Ditchling Transition.
Transition Town Lewes - http://www.transitiontownlewes.org
Barcombe Energy Community - http://www.barcombe.org/energygroup/index.htm
HKD Transition - http://www.hkdtransition.org.uk

The 2014 event is funded by Green Open Homes and the Federation of Open Homes Networks and we also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Lewes District Council.

Green Open Homes http://www.greenopenhomes.net/

Lewes District Council http://www.lewes.gov.uk/

More photos available from website gallery – Lewes Eco Open Houses http://www.lewesecoopenhouses.org.uk/

Press enquiries: Kirsten Firth

Tel: 01273 477897

Email: kirstenfirth@hotmail.com

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About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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