Over £10,000 has been awarded to Monmouthshire Community Climate Champions, to hold an Eco Open Doors weekend from 17th-18th March 2012, during Climate Week.
The aim of the event is to get between 20 and 30 properties (mainly homes, but also some village halls and businesses) who have some "eco" features such as retrofitted insulation, low energy lighting, renewable energy or rainwater harvesting to open up to visitors during the weekend. Visitors will be able to see how the technologies work and ask questions to the homeowner about how it works, how much it costs and what the real picture is before considering installing systems of their own.
The Community Climate Champions is a partnership between Monmouthshire County Council, local Transition Towns groups, local Friends of the Earth groups, town and community councils, Severn Wye Energy Agency and others. The weekend will be promoted via leaflets, local advertising and a website and there will also be Meet the Installer events held across the county over the weekend where local insulation and renewables installers will be on hand to give advice. It is hoped that some, if not all, of the centres will provide transport for those who need it.
If your home has features that you think people would be interested in, and you would like to take part, please contact the Eco Open Doors Co-ordinator Sue Parkinson on 01989 770828 or email@example.com by Friday 3rd February to find out more.
The second award for £5000 goes to Transition Monmouth, who will be working with the County Council, Housing Associations and other partners in the Overmonnow II area of Monmouth. This grant will help mentor 6 households to progress from an energy audit, to implementing measures to reduce their energy consumption and hence save money. It is hoped that these households will be able to share what they have learnt with friends and neighbours and show others how much energy can be saved by taking some simple low cost steps.