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Eco Home Owners Invite You In

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10:04am 12th September 2014

A group of enterprising Dorset homeowners using the weather to good effect are opening their homes to the public - to show you how to do it yourself.

18 Bridport and Lyme locals are sharing their secrets to sustainability at the Open Ecohomes event this weekend. The event is designed to get people thinking about how to make their homes more energy-efficient, by using the power of the sun, rain and wind to good effect and reducing the amount of waste they produce.

Dave and Anne's home in Bridport is one of the homes which can be visited this weekend. Built in the 1930s, it includes a double-sided wood burning stove and a thermal curtain at the top of the stairs for heat control.

Other houses have been equipped with solar panels and heat recovery systems, and in one case built entirely from materials left over from other building projects.

The event is being organised by Transition Town Bridport and Turn Lyme Green, in collaboration with Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.

Emily Bullock is Greener Choice Co-Ordinator for Communities Living Sustainable in Dorset (CLS), which runs the Open Ecohomes event. She said she hoped that people would be inspired to make changes to their homes after seeing how well it worked for others.

"There is nothing like learning from someone who has first-hand experience and can tell you what they would do differently this time!"

The event is free to enter, but visits to some properties need to be booked in advance. Full information about the homes taking part can be found at www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk

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