‘Green’ homes open doors

Some of Dumfries and Galloway’s most eco-friendly homes will open their doors on September 29 for the Green Homes Network Open Day.

The Green Homes Network, a Scottish government initiative managed by the Energy Saving Trust, was launched last year and now has more than 600 homeowners signed up across Scotland.

The eight households in Dumfries and Galloway are part of a group of 48 homeowners across Scotland taking part in the open day to provide others with an opportunity to visit a local home that has a renewables system installed.

Between them, it is estimated their renewables technologies have saved the householders around £12,000 off their fuel bills over the past year, and cut their carbon footprints by around 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

As part of the open day, the public will receive advice and tips on how renewables systems could benefit them, and hear about actual savings and costs.

In addition to visiting a home, people can also drop in to the information hub at 135-139 High Street, Dumfries, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Renewable heat and electricity generating systems – for instance heat pumps, solar panels, micro-wind turbines or biomass boilers – are available for homes of all shapes and sizes.

Anyone interested in visiting the Green Homes on the day should visit www.greenhomesopenday.org.uk to find out more. For general energy saving advice, they can get in touch with their local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012.