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See Green Technology in action during SuperHomes Week

Air Source Heat Pump at Nick Sandy's SuperHome in Bath

Air Source Heat Pump at Nick Sandy's SuperHome in Bath

Interested in making your home one of the most environmentally friendly in your area? This is your chance to talk to someone who has already done it!

Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most energy efficient SuperHomes will be hosting free Open Days between Sat 17th – Sun 25th March.

SuperHomes are older homes that have been refurbished for greater comfort, lower bills and reduced emissions (at least 60% less!). There are currently 116 award-winning SuperHomes.

In many of the 65 SuperHomes open in March you will find the latest green technologies. Visiting a SuperHome is a great way to preview the technologies likely to be supported by the Government’s pay as you save Green Deal finance initiative from this October.

A high standard of insulation usually plays a role in the remarkably high carbon savings achieved by each of these surprising eco-refurbishment projects. Hemp, sheep’s wool, and aerogel are just three of the insulation materials that have been used. Triple glazing has also been fitted by some homes. Various energy saving appliances will be found on display. Many have the latest LED lighting; some use less mains water thanks to rainwater harvesting and water saving devices.

Every SuperHome renovation is different and a wide range of different solutions have been applied. SuperHomes often have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy. Heating solutions include Air Source Heat Pumps, Wood Pellet Boilers, Wood Burning Stoves, Solar Water Heating, and Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery.

Solar PV is frequently fitted and SuperHome owners with this technology can give you valuable feedback on its effectiveness. One SuperHome in Jacobstow, Cornwall, even makes use of wind power and has the facility to produce biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.

Wood Pellet Boiler at Charles Ainger's SuperHome in Chalfont St Giles

Wood Pellet Boiler at Charles Ainger's SuperHome in Chalfont St Giles

Joining a tour promises to give you actionable ideas for greening your own home. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and post-war houses are amongst the 65 renovated homes open to the public so finding a home type similar to your own is usually straightforward.

The SuperHomes website makes it easy to find properties with features you may have on your wish list. SuperHomes open to the public in March, September and at other times by appointment.To find out more or to pre-book a place on a tour, check out our Open Day Events.

SuperHomes Week coincides with similar open day events around England – Bristol Green Doors, Bath Homes Fit for the Future, Shrewsbury Green Doors and Surrey Green Homes.

See full media release here.