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Join residents on June 15th for a day of exploring energy-efficient homes and biodiverse gardens – in East Harptree and Chew Stoke. 

Homes and gardens across the Chew Valley area are opening their doors to visitors, where owners will showcase a range of energy saving improvements and ways to increase biodiversity. This friendly and informative event is part of the Green Open Homes B&NES communities project, aimed at inspiring local people to live more sustainably. 

This is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand how to heat homes efficiently, reduce energy bills, and create beautiful, eco-friendly gardens. Homeowners will share their experiences, giving information about the processes, costs and benefits of their projects – from installing renewable energy sources to helping wildlife thrive. 

Visitors can expect the following: 

  • Trail maps of homes and events 
  • Minibus transportation between villages, homes and venues 
  • An “Ask the Expert” event at East Harptree Pavilion with information stands and talks
  • The chance to win a free home energy assessment

Click here to book your visits for East Harptree

Click here to book your visits for Chew Stoke

The Chew Valley area is known for its strong sense of community, where residents share ideas and willingly help each other. Green Open Homes and Gardens is a natural extension of that spirit, where local people are keen to open their homes and chat with visitors about the measures they’ve carried out, encouraging everyone to live greener and more energy-efficient lives. 

Introducing sustainable changes not only saves money, but also helps mitigate the impact of the climate emergency. Several local groups are actively working to reduce their carbon footprints and environmental impact, and this event is a great opportunity to get involved and learn more. Please spread the word to your friends and local communities. We look forward to seeing you there! 

For more information contact: Jackie Head: jch.221@gmaiil.com or 07900 641 839

About Green Open Homes B&NES 

Green Open Homes B&NES is a partnership initiative focused on inspiring and educating individuals about sustainable living in the Bath & North East Somerset area. Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) is managing the event, in partnership with Buro Happold, Transition Bath, Bath Preservation Trust and Bath & North East Somerset Council and local volunteers.

Green Open Homes B&NES has been included in a successful bid by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to the South West Net Zero Hub, which is hosted by the West of England Combined Authority, through the Government’s Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) Programme. 

Pete Capener, Managing Director at BWCE, said: “Energy costs continue to soar higher than when the energy crisis began. These Green Open Homes events are more relevant than ever, as they offer practical solutions for residents. We are glad to run the Bath event for another year and hope to benefit even more people across B&NES and beyond.” 

Councillor Sarah Warren, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel said: “Attending the event last year gave me valuable insight into how we can improve our homes’ energy efficiency and save money on heating. It helped me to appreciate how a range of measures can work in the different types of properties we have in Bath and North East Somerset. I would encourage people to get involved because events like this can help our collective effort towards a greener, net zero future.” 

Sally Merrett, who opened her home at an event in 2023, said: “I was really pleased to show others what I’ve done to my house to make it more affordable and comfortable in winter. I’ve been tackling relatively low-cost measures on my windows and doors and draught proofing and think this could make a big difference to many people living in hard-to-heat homes in B&NES. It’s taken a lot of research to find the right measures, materials and installation techniques for my house.”