AN energy-saving Lewes house is throwing open its doors to the public on Sunday, March 25.
SuperHomes is a rapidly-expanding network of more than 100 energy-aware private householders who have refurbished their old homes to achieve at least a 60 per cent saving on fossil fuels, by insulation, solar panels and other means.
Once or twice a year the owners open their houses so that visitors can see for themselves how improvements to ordinary homes can keep fuel bills down and a warm house to live in.
In the UK, 27 per cent of all carbon emissions are produced by the country’s 25 million homes. It is estimated that as many as 80 per cent of all homes that will be standing in 2050 have already been built; this means that retrofitting existing homes is a priority if UK emissions are to be reduced.
This month, 65 SuperHomes nationally are opening to the public, including Jill Goulder’s Victorian terraced cottage at 8 Wille Cottages, South Street, Lewes, on March 25 from 10am-1pm and 2-5pm; details are available on www.superhomes.org.uk/superhomes/lewes-east-sussex-south-street.
Jill has photo-voltaic solar panels, extensive insulation and removable secondary glazing at her house, and aims to have displays of insulation and low-energy lighting for visitors.
She said: “When I renovated my house I wanted it to be a property ready for an uncertain future, so I aimed not only to keep fuel bills down but also to reduce my own drain on non-renewable resources; it was very gratifying to find that I could do this and keep a comfortable house to live in.”
Visitors can also see a Landshare garden in operation in Jill’s front garden, where an unused patch of land is used for vegetable-growing by a neighbour, bypassing the long queues in Sussex for allotments.
South Street is a popular link for cyclists heading for Glynde, Firle and the Wealden lanes to the east, and there is off-street cycle parking at the event. For those in cars there is free parking in South Street on Sundays.