Inspiring ideas for green living in Lewes

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Lewes Eco Open Houses will run its fifth annual event over two weekends in September with 16 eco-friendly homes opening their doors to the public.

The inspiring homes on show range from renovated Victorian cottages to 1960s conversions and stunning architect designed new-build properties.

Properties in the surrounding villages and countryside feature exciting off grid measures such as air, ground and water source heat pumps, as well as being examples of good eco building. All have drastically cut their electricity, gas and water bills as well as carbon emissions.

The homes are free to visit and all are welcome. Visitors can see and hear how – with a bit of determination and imagination – it is possible to make cost effective alterations that will significantly reduce a home’s energy consumption. Further information can be found at and a brochure will be available from late August in local shops, Lewes Library and the Tourist Information Centre.

Lewes highlights include Wille Cottages, a model of what can be done in a Victorian cottage, with super-insulation, magnetic strip secondary double glazing, creative use of LED lighting, and land-share vegetable growing.

An architect designed new-build property in the Wallands area features solar roof tiles and maximises passive solar gain with a glazed southern facade.

Neil Williams, organiser of the event, said: “These homes showcase green technology and some have reduced their carbon emissions by 90 per cent. The home-owners are sharing their real experience of what succeeded and what could have been done better.”