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Burngreave open homes: keeping cosy this winter

The highlight of this weekend’s open home events will be our Burngreave Special on Sunday 19th – a chance to see 3 different homes, each with various kinds of insulation, draught-proofing and renewable energy on view. Talk to the householders about their experience of getting energy improvements installed, what it’s like to live with, and how you could do the same.  We’re delighted Green Homes Sheffield will feature on Radio Sheffield’s Saturday breakfast show this week – please listen in!

You can join any combination of these 3 visits in Burngreave, please book online if possible, and arrive promptly:
10.30-12.30 – Fireside Housing Co-op (visit 1), 57 Melrose Rd (Including soup, bread and salad )
13.00-13.45 – 266 Barnsley Road
14.00-14.45 – Brambles Housing Co-op 80 Andover St
15.00-17.00 – Fireside Housing Co-op (visit 2), 57 Melrose Rd (including tea and cake)

Why we are ‘The Cold Man of Europe’

The UK lingers in cold and ignorance, according to this report by the National Energy Foundation:

Householders in general don’t understand how to make their home warmer and save energy, and our houses are old and challenging, the report says.

Be part of the solution – come to our Green Homes Sheffield open days, and find out how to make your home more comfortable and your bills more affordable!

Events start this weekend, full details at

Jasmine’s recommended tour

Inspired by Jenny, I am journeying across Sheffield this Wednesday and Thursday to get to as many Green Open Homes as possible!

On Wednesday 23rd I’ll start off at 11am at Shirebrook Road. I highly recommend this as John designed the new build himself and there are many impressive features in the house. It’s definitely worth going to. Tours can be booked here

Then I’ll head to the South Yorkshire Energy Centre in Heeley. I hope to see the models demonstrating how renewable energy works. Of course it also has many features that different homes can learn from to insulate their own.

After that, I’ll head off to Green Directions in Stannington for a tour at 3.30pm. The house itself has been transformed from a stable to a comfortable home and there are extensive insulation measures. The most interesting thing about Green Directions is that it has two wind turbines on the site.

On Thursday 24th, I’ll start at 11am again but on Stainton Road. This Victorian house (built in 1890) has partly done internal insulation and is planning to have external insulation in the other areas of the house.

Then I’ll head to Springvale Road for 12pm. The house here is undergoing the process of green re-furbishments. It will be a nice place to see the “before and after”. Then I’ll get a bus to Albert Road at 1.30pm for their tour. It is also a very typical example of how insulation in Victorian houses can be done as well as the installation of Solar PV.

Lastly, I’ll take the number 47 bus and head to Burngreave to visit the Housing co-op on Barnsley Road. The tour starts at 4pm. The special thing about the house is that it has got underground heating in the toilet!

I’ll then call it a day phew, it will really be a rush… but it can be done and I encourage you to try a tour of your own. Book online at

Green Homes in Burngreave

Last Sunday some of our volunteers had a sneak preview of two homes in Burngreave which are taking part in Green Homes Sheffield open days. A dozen of us spent the morning learning and sharing ideas at the South Yorkshire Energy Centre in Heeley, and then had a tour of Fireside Housing Co-op and 266 Barnsley Road.

As you can see from the photo, Fireside have transformed their 4 formerly ordinary terraced houses into something very exciting! Now they are not only sharing gardens and solar energy, but a low impact extension that looks like something from Grand Designs. Rick explained the thinking that had gone into the design, from improving light levels, to choice of internal or external insulation, to getting the ventilation right.  Many materials have been sourced from re-used items, including a beautiful floor.

Next Susannah showed  us round 266 Barnsley Road, a large detached Victorian house.  Draught-proofing and insulation have improved the comfort of this home, and it makes use of solar hot water and solar electricity. Several fine old windows have had secondary double glazing applied, while others have been completely replaced by energy efficient ones.

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Both of these homes are open on several dates in April and May – you can find out more and book your own visits here:

Hello world!

Welcome to the birth of Green Homes Sheffield. We are here to help Sheffield householders make their homes greener and more comfortable. We hope you’ll come back often and join our network (through the panel on the left) to find out more.

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