5 energy efficient Chew Valley homes will open their doors to visitors on the 5th of November as part of the Green Open Homes B&NES project, alongside 16 Green Open Homes in Bath.
The Chew Valley is an area where community is important, and where sharing ideas and helping others to get on in life is commonplace. So it makes complete sense that local people would be willing to open their homes and chat about retrofitting they have carried out, in order to encourage others to take steps towards greater energy efficiency.
There are money-saving reasons for introducing changes and people in the area also have a keen interest in mitigating the impact of the climate & nature emergency, with several groups locally taking practical action to reduce their own carbon and environmental impact.
Jackie Head, one of the volunteers for the Green Open Homes B&NES scheme who is also a member of the B&NES Future Ambition Partnership Climate & Nature Group, believes this event is timely. “Homes in the Chew Valley are different to those found in the city of Bath, but there are similarities between different villages, whether it is older style cottages or farm houses, or houses built in the second half of the 20th century, so a ‘spoke’ event in the Chew Valley for Green Open Homes makes complete sense. Local people can see a home that is like their own, and be inspired to take action.”
A programme of further Open Homes events will launch soon across Bath & North East Somerset, offering community groups support to run their own events. The Chew Valley Green Open Homes event will be supported and monitored closely to inform future events in other rural areas. The Green Open Homes B&NES project is managed by Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) in partnership with B&NES Council, Bath Preservation Trust, Buro Happold, Transition Bath and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, with sponsorship from the University of Bath and Good Energy and funding from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero working with the South West Net Zero Hub.
Nicola Passam, Open Homes Project Manager at BWCE said “We are delighted that Chew Magna and Chew Stoke homes are participating in the Open Homes event in November and we highly recommend a visit to the five exemplary energy efficient homes. If other communities would like to run Open Homes events, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org”.