About Wiltshire and Swindon Green Open Homes
The Green Open Homes event is an opportunity to ask a local resident about an energy saving improvement that they’ve made, and see if it might work for you. On an event day, people who have made energy saving improvements open up their homes to share their experiences. Visiting a home is a great way to find out about the reality of getting solar panels, insulation, triple glazing, or new heating options without talking to a salesman. You can have a good look at the technology, ask the residents whether the installation was a hassle, and find out much they’re really saving on their energy bills as a result. Have a quick look at the video shown below to get an insight into GOHs.
The Green Open Homes website and resources are part of a Centre for Sustainable Energy programme to accelerate housing energy retrofit.
Note that Wiltshire Climate Alliance and our partners are not in a position to endorse any of the information shared by homeowners on the Green Open Homes website or with visitors to their homes. We recommend people do their own thorough research before carrying out any home improvements.
Interested in sharing your energy saving journey?
You can make a fantastic contribution to accelerating change by sharing your experience of updating your home to be more sustainable. Help others make the change.
Wiltshire Climate Alliance is working with local Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action groups to plan a Green Open Homes event between 9th and 17th March 2024. If you'd be willing to open your low carbon home to others, virtually or in person, we'd love to hear from you!
The event aims to raise awareness of green homes and technologies such as heat pumps, wall insulation, PV and home batteries. We hope to help people interested in installing these green technologies find more from home owners, without a sales pitch. A smaller Green Open Homes event was held in Great Bedwyn in October 2023 which showed that there was a lot of interest and value gained from visiting green homes.
If you have taken steps to lower your home carbon emissions and might be willing to take part by talking to people or opening your home to visitors please find out more below or get in touch with us at email@example.com or sign up to open your home here.
What sort of green homes are we looking for?
We don't have a set criteria for what counts as a 'green home'. If you think your home could be of interest to other people looking to lower their home carbon footprint, please get in touch.
When would I need to open my home?
Home owners can choose the time slots that suit them over the week from 9th March through to 17th March 2024. We suggest 45 minute time slots with a 15 minute break in between but you can choose timings that work for you.
Can I open my home for virtual visits via WhatsApp instead?
Yes, this can be a great easy way to show people your home and share information. You can choose to offer this type of visit only, or as an additional option to in-person visits.
How would visitors book to visit my home?
All the homes will be advertised on the national Green Open Homes website. Visitors contact you directly via email to make arrangements with you. You can also opt to have times when your home is open for non-booked visitors.
What would I need to do before the event?
We would ask you to provide information about the green features of your home, and ideally provide a photograph to share in the event advertising. You would also need to respond to messages from people wanting to book to visit your home and arrange these visits with them. Any information you are able to prepare on installation & maintenance costs, and before and after energy usage would be useful. We are also compiling a list of recommended suppliers and welcome contributions from home owners to this.
What would I need to do on the day?
Welcome booked visitors for 45 minute visits and respond to their questions. We would appreciate your feedback on the visits afterwards.
For more information and guidance on opening your home visit the Green Open Homes website here.
Can I help if my home is not suitable?
Yes! We'd love to hear from people who would like to help with the event, in promotion, behind the scenes or supporting homeowners during the event to manage visitors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for local group co-ordinators
We need your help! There are about 30 member groups within the WCA and we hope that these groups will be able to help coordinate Wiltshire's Green Opens Homes event at the local level. WCA will be there to support in any way we can. If your group is not a member yet it can join here.
Why should a local climate group bother with a Green Open Homes event?
There are loads of reasons why groups might want to be involved but here are just a few:
Offer practical ways for local people to reduce carbon emissions.
Good way to raise group’s profile, get publicity.
Good way to show off local green homes.
Likely to help local people understand what is involved, convince them to install green technology.
May help group recruit more volunteers / group members.
May help group to identify reliable, trustworthy local suppliers and installers to use of recommend.
Will raise the profile of the group with WCA and Wiltshire Council.
Here is a (slightly dated) video that helps groups who are thinking of getting involved understand what the whole project is about:
If your group would like more information about being involved in this project