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27Mar-4Apr2011: SuperHome Spring Opening 2011

Visit a SuperHome during Spring Opening 2011
Fourteen million homes is the figure that Chris Huhne quotes when he talks about the proposed Green Deal. That is 14 million homes which could benefit from insulation measures and save money on their fuel bills, once the Government finalises its plans in 2012. But what are these homes actually going to do, what is going to address the lack of demand for insulation and other energy efficiency measures?

Step in SuperHomes…

The multi award winning SuperHomes project does just that. By linking together homes across the country which have already had the renovations done, and helping them to open to the public, the project can show just what kind of measures are needed, what they look like in real life and how easy they were to install. 84 homes are now SuperHomes, having saved at least 60% of their carbon emissions and these homes are now ready to open their doors for the annual Spring Openings; from 27th March to 3rd April 2011.

Open Home Events

The great thing about visiting these exemplars is that the homeowner provides the tour. Someone who has already done the thinking, priced the renovations and undertaken the measures is uniquely qualified to offer advice and inspiration to those wishing to undertake similar measures. Anyone who has just seen their fuel bill, after our atrocious December weather, will understand that we all need to follow this route if we are to have comfortable, warm and lower carbon homes in the future.

Something for everyone

SuperHomes range from small terraced houses to large detached properties and include a listed thatched cottage, an 18th century converted mill and a couple of carbon negative properties – yes they really produce more energy than they use. The SuperHomers have chosen different measures such as internal, external, loft, floor, ceiling or cavity insulation, or often a mixture of these. Many SuperHomes have achieved such significant savings because they have also installed renewable energy technologies. Many have solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, a few have used wood fuelled heating and others have installed heat pumps and mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems. Most have also changed their behaviour to reduce their emissions and fuel use as much as possible.

SuperHomes are all different so everyone can find one which is similar to their own home; they are available throughout the country, from Cornwall to Norfolk and the Isle of Wight right up to the Scottish borders. These homes are the tip of the iceberg on the our way to 14 million.

To find a SuperHome open near you during the Spring Openings, just click here www.superhomes.org.uk