Oxford householders will be opening the doors of eco-homes and retrofitted houses across the city to the public to showcase energy and carbon saving measures.
The Energy Saving Homes event from Saturday 18 until Wednesday 29 June 2022 will offer an opportunity for residents to speak directly to other home-owners who have already taken the eco plunge, and can explain the benefits – and the pitfalls.
The initiative will be complemented by a free Energy Saving Fair, hosted at Oxford Town Hall on Sunday 26 June, to promote different forms of home energy efficiency and retrofitting solutions, and how they can be applied to save money on energy bills, and reduce carbon footprints.
The fair, which is supported by Oxford City Council, will feature stalls and talks from retrofitting experts, installers and householders about measures – both big and small - that individuals can take to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
The event will highlight energy efficiency options, as well as renewable energy generation in the home. This includes solar panels and storage, heat pumps, glazing and ventilation, insulation, and low cost measures.
The event is open to anyone, including homeowners, renters, tenants, who is interested in how they can retrofit their home, save energy, and save money on bills.
Energy Saving Homes event
The Energy Saving Homes event aims to showcase residents who have undertaken eco-renovation measures - both large and small – and to invite interested members of the public to speak directly with the home owners.
Residents will be opening their homes and demonstrating the works they have done, explaining the practical advantages and pitfalls of these measures. Measures on show include DIY double-glazing, solar panels, air and ground source heat pumps, and more.
Members of the public can visit homes in person, or by viewing an online tour with the homeowner. A map of the participating homes, and their opening hours can be found here.
Energy Saving Homes is organised by Communities for Zero Carbon Oxford, a collective of local environmental groups in Oxford. The group work with residents and local organisations to reduce carbon emissions and build green and thriving communities.
Energy Saving Homes is funded by Oxford City Council and the Low Carbon Hub.
Homeowners, landlords, and tenants who would like to get involved and share their experiences of how they have made their homes more energy efficient are encouraged to contact Lois Muddiman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Suppliers and contractors who would like to showcase their work at a free stall or want to hold a talk at the Energy Saving Fair are encouraged to contact Karen Starr at email@example.com
“Buildings are Oxford’s largest contributor to carbon emissions and are responsible for 81% of emissions in our city. Retrofitting your home and improving its energy efficiency can seem like a complex and daunting task, however, there are a range of measures, both large and small, that you can adopt to help make a difference. The Energy Saving Homes Fair aims to answers your questions about retrofitting, whether you are at the very start of your journey, or you are looking to take the next step– I encourage you to visit the fair and find out more.”
Councillor Imogen Thomas, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford and Climate Justice, Oxford City Council
"This is a fantastic opportunity to visit other people's homes and be inspired by what they've done to make them warmer, cosier and cheaper to run. You find out about all the pros and cons and pick up some great tips about anything from radiator foil to heat pumps. There are Energy Saving Homes opening all over the city so please have a look at the website and find one near you."
Rebecca Nestor, Low Carbon Oxford North