Open doors to your home and show off some green ideas
HOW green is your home?
This is the question being asked by Frome woman Anna Francis who is organising an open homes initiative in the spring.
Anna is searching for local people who have made their homes greener in some way. It could be installing a wood burning stove, solar panelling or insulation.
She is hoping that families will be prepared to open their homes to the public on March 15 and 16 to show off how they have reduced their carbon footprint and saved money on their household bills, and be prepared to pass on their ideas and knowledge.
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Anna studied for her Masters degree in Environmental Science at Bath University and has been involved with various environment projects in South London as well as setting up a community farm.
She moved to Frome six months ago and loves the town and its vibrancy.
Soon after moving to the Trinity area of the town she attended meetings of Sustainable Frome and suggested the open house scheme, which had been successfully piloted in Bristol and called the Bristol Green Tours.
Anna said: "It was an idea that Sustainable Frome had already decided to try in the town, so it was very opportune."
She is now looking for a wide range of householders who have made lifestyle changes, insulated their homes or introduced water recycling or low energy lighting schemes, for instance, and would be prepared to share their experiences with their neighbours and inspire others to make similar changes.
She is hoping to persuade up to 30 families to take part in the open homes initiative and open their doors to demonstrate how to cut carbon and costs.
She added: "It could be solid wall insulation to solar, wood-fired heating to water recycling; whatever the measure – big or small, whether you own or rent your home, we would love to hear from you."
She is hoping Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, pictured below, will launch the initiative.
Householders who take part will also be eligible for a free energy performance certificate worth £50.
To find out more or to get involved send an email to Anna at fromeopen firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07939 060688.
The deadline for participation is Saturday, November 30.