York Open Eco Homes is an annual event which provides opportunities to visit living demonstrations of energy saving and other green living measures, learn from their experiences and share yours. This year we’re going online to share stories of home upgrades, such as those that could be covered by the Green Homes Grants offered by the UK government to any homeowner from the end of September. Join us on Zoom to have a look round:
Slow but steady progress in greening up a Fishergate terrace house
Mike Childs is the Head of Science, Policy and Research with Friends of the Earth so he’s been aware of the climate emergency for a long time. Life and finances have prevented him from retrofitting his house quickly but over the last 20 years he’s made steady progress in reducing the carbon footprint and making his family home more comfortable. Mike will talk you through the changes he’s made to the house – from insulation and high spec windows to solar panels and air source heat pump – and other ways of improving environmental footprint. He will also talk about his house retrofit in the context of the Friends of the Earth’s work in pushing the government to scale up its zero carbon ambitions. Making energy efficiency home upgrades affordable to all is a win win approach that benefits both people and the planet.
Family eco living on flood alert (house photo by Lewis Outing)
Peter and Selena Whitehead have lovingly eco-renovated an 1850s detached house by the Ouse with various measures including insulation, solar PV panels and the latest addition – an air source heat pump. When they were buying the house in 2008, they were told that the 2000 flood was a 1 in 100 years experience. Since then the house has flooded twice. The family have had to invest in a variety of flood-proofing measures to cope the with the increasing flood frequency and reduce its impact on family life. From stainless steel kitchen units to detachable wall panels, and flood barriers installed by the Environment Agency, they’ve found a way to combine eco living with facing up to extreme weather events without having to throw away everything touched by flood waters. Selena will talk you through what it’s been like to achieve it.
Online bookings are not available for this event.