The first Eco Open Houses trail run solo by Transition Town Worthing saw a wave of visitors during the weekend of the 18th and 19th April, when various homes were open to the public in a unique opportunity for people interested in sustainable housing and energy saving across the Worthing area.
Visitors could see, with the variation in property and types of refurbishment , great examples of what can be done simply, cheaply and often by the owners themselves. They were also able to enjoy a spot of tea and cake at eco award winning Henry House - Karen Simporis, the owner, is one of the speakers at The Eco Technology Show.
The trail included workshops on draughtproofing, solar PV and energy switching as well as state of the art newbuilds on the beaches at Lancing and Worthing (Lancing Beach and Splashpoint Pool), a 1930's school (Downsbrook) and workshops/presentations at 3 community centres (Sidney Walter, Maybridge and Community House).
Janet Cranch in South Farm Road, (also speaking at The Eco Technology Show) was a great example of what a 70 year old lady can do with a bit of some grit and determination. Janet insulated under her floorboards, single handedly stripped out her fireplace in order to put in a woodburner, and demonstrated how one can live on a state pension in a warm, cosy 1930's home.
The award winning Relish Show Flat showcased a local housing authority refurbished flat with state of the art energy monitoring systems and countless eco friendly features. It also features as a teaching resource for Worthing Homes, where residents have access to free energy advice and assistance.
The Eco Open House team will be shortly planning another trail, hopefully for April 2016, and will be looking for prospective householders, businesses, sponsors and advertisers. Anyone who is interested in taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Eco Open Houses with a talk from some of the participants from Transition Town Worthing on Friday 12th June at 4pm in Seminar Area 2.