Bristol Green Doors Launches 2011 Programme

Bristol Green Doors, the innovative scheme launched last year to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient, has announced a series of new events for 2011, starting with an Insulation Celebration on Sunday March 20th.

The Bristol project – which brings together householders and a range of organisations – is also launching a short film online, that captures the history of the project. Ten homes across Bristol, including in Bishopston, will be hosting sessions as part of the Insulation Celebration, which takes place on the eve of national Climate Week. Householders will demonstrate how they have improved solid wall and floor insulation in their homes to help make them fit for the future, saving carbon and saving cash.

Full details of the programme, including information about how to book, will be available on Bristol Green Doors’ new look website www.bristolgreendoors.org

Bristol Green Doors co-ordinator Dan Weisselberg said the idea was to get householders thinking early about steps they can take to be ready for next winter. Homes typically lose around two thirds of heat through the walls, roof and floor – so improving insulation helps keep homes warm, saves energy and cuts bills.

Dan Weisselberg explained: “A lot of us really felt the cold this winter, so it makes sense to look at what we can do to improve insulation and make our homes more comfortable at the same time. We know that lots of the visitors who came to Bristol Green Doors weekend event last year wanted to find out more about insulation measures. This one-day event provides an opportunity for them to learn in more detail about floor and wall insulation and find out more about how it can be done.”

Fifty two homes opened for Bristol Green Doors first weekend in September 2010, highlighting a full range of energy efficiency and low carbon measures and drawing thousands of visits from Bristol and further afield. 

Four out of five visitors said they felt inspired to do more in their own homes, with insulation and solar technologies top of the interest list. Tackling energy use in our homes has become a priority in the national battle to limit climate change – with the Government introducing new measures to allow householders to finance energy saving measures under the Green Deal. More than half of carbon emissions in the home come from heating, so better insulation is an essential step.

Bristol Green Doors will be contributing to a national summit on Energy Saving Open Homes during Climate Week to share Bristol’s experience with government, trade and industry.

Dan continued: “We are really excited about developing more events in Bristol, and helping householders move forward in improving their homes which could provide a real boost to the local economy. This is about practical action to make Bristol fit for the future.”

Events are being organised for later in the year to focus on some of the other measures, with a Solar Day planned for June.

Contact: Kate Watson, Bristol Green Doors, 07725 447 361

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