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The seed for Open Homes was planted over a decade ago, with Bath Green Weekends running in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Visitors came to learn about, and be inspired by, energy saving measures from home openers. These events were run, in partnership, by Transition Bath, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bath Preservation Trust.

In 2023 these organisations once again partnered up, along with Buro Happold, to support Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) to deliver the project. In 2023, 17 homes across Bath and 5 in Chew Valley took part and welcomed a total of nearly 800 visitors through their doors. Feedback from the event showed it was a huge success and many people took on board the ideas and learnings with a view to improving their own home energy efficiency.

In 2024/25 BWCE is working with partners once again on a Bath Green Open Homes event and working closely with local communities to create their own community-led events.

Check our news section for events taking place near you.

Join us, wherever you are on your energy saving journey!

The video below documents Green Open Homes in B&NES in 2023 and invites everyone to get involved in future events.

Centre for Sustainble Energy – Green Open Homes

Future Plans

We would like to see more communities be able to visit homes in their areas.  We are re-launching Green Open Homes B&NES, setting up systems with a Bath focus. From this foundation, we can then support other communities in B&NES to run events in 2024 and 2025.  For communities and local energy champions who are interested in helping make more events happen, please get in touch.  

 

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Our Partners

We have a strong local partnership collaborating to bring you Green Open Homes B&NES 2023, convened by Bath & West Community Energy. See you there!

Nationally, Open Homes events are run in many places. The Green Open Homes Network, run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), provides resources and support for communities who wish to run an event, and hosts insightful case studies of former open homes.

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Our Partners & Sponsors

We have a strong partnership of local organisations contributing their time and resources to running this event.

Read what they have to say

With energy prices so high, our event couldn’t come at a better time, and we urge residents and businesses to get involved, as home-openers, volunteers or sponsors. We hope to make this a regular event and expand its reach throughout B&NES and into the Western part of Wiltshire.

Pete CapenerBWCE

Too many people will again face hard choices this winter with the cost-of-living crisis and seeing how other people are saving money is vital to our work to help tackle fuel poverty. We were a partner in the previous Open Homes events and are pleased to be involved in re-starting this event because we saw how it empowered residents to save energy, which in turn helps us meet our climate emergency commitments.

Sarah WarrenCouncillor – Bath and North East Somerset Liberal Democrats Group

Having been a partner in the initial Open Homes, this year’s event represents a continuation of our groundbreaking work to help the residents of historic buildings improve their energy performance and sustainability, making homes livable for the future whilst retaining historic features and protecting the unique character of our World Heritage City.

Alex ShermanChief Executive of Bath Preservation Trust

Transition Bath led the previous Open Homes events and are delighted to be involved again. The existing housing stock produces nearly 40% of the area’s carbon emissions, and the rise in energy bills has left most people thinking about energy efficiency. But we know it can be overwhelming, with differences between house types and conflicting advice. Green Open Homes B&NES will let visitors get their questions answered by people who are further ahead on the journey.

Philip HaileTrustee – Transition Bath

We are thrilled to lend support and expertise to the Green Open Homes event. Our engineers are at the forefront of sustainable construction, and as a company we have a clear and ambitious net zero carbon target. Green Open Homes will help us support the community to respond to the energy and climate crisis.

Claire SmithPartner at Buro Happold