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Two premieres and a Friday Night Ride!

The weekend of 16-18 May is another opportunity to learn more about how to green up your home by seeing solutions at homes around the city. Green Homes Sheffield hosts are keen to share their experiences with you and tell the story of how they made their home warmer and greener. It’s the last of our open homes events this spring, with 7 homes open and a staggering total of 27 tours, including a ‘Friday Night Ride’ bike tour of several homes in one evening! On show you can see eco-renovations such as internal insulation, solar PV, solar hot water, triple glazing and more.

We are pleased to announce that in Stocksbridge, Greave House Farm is opening for the first time on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th. The old dairy and milking parlour have been converted into a really amazing home. This has included under-floor and ceiling insulation, additional roof insulation and wall insulation. The upgrades have also included double and triple glazing, an air source heat pump, and use of recycled wood. The Supertram Link or bus number 57 (catch it from outside Argos in town) can take you there. Please book for a tour here.

Near Ecclesall Road, an 1890s brick-built semi-detached property on Southgrove Road is open for tours on Friday 16th and Sunday 18th May. This typical Victorian property is now more effectively heated by a condensing boiler and solar hot water, with solar electricity too. There is a wealth of information available on how the home’s energy use has been drastically reduced to make it cheaper to run.

Sheffield Friday Night Ride is a friendly monthly bike ride with a theme – their motto is: “We have nothing to lose but our chains”. This month’s ride will visit several Green Homes on Friday 16 May, covering around 10 miles, with lots of support for new riders. Full details at – no need to book for the bike ride, just meet for a 6.30pm start from Barkers Pool.

If you are thinking of doing some home improvements to make your home more energy efficient and affordable, why not book tours of our homes and learn from what others have done? Join our network for more information at www.greenhomessheffield.net and see full listings and book in advance for tours of all 7 homes at http://sheffield.greenopenhomes.net

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 http://tinyurl.com/omu4oag

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 http://sheffield.greenopenhomes.net

Events this Wednesday and Thursday!

Following our first Green Homes Sheffield open weekend when 8 homes opened, we’re thrilled to announce that on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th April we have 7 Green Homes open in Burngreave, Greystones, Meersbrook, Stannington, Crookesmoor and Heeley.

These houses have some great eco-features to inspire you – please come along to learn more from householders who have made their homes warmer, more affordable and greener.

On Wednesday 23rd April an extraordinary eco-build house on Shirebrook Road (S8) is open to the public. An impressive biomass boiler stove and rainwater tank are available to observe. In addition, Solar PV and solar thermal energy are also on show. Triple glazing keeps all the heat in really well, to keep it warm and to save money. Come and find out how your home could be made this cosy!

After visiting this new-build why not go to Springvale Road in Crookesmoor to see what part-way through a full programme of green refurbishments looks like! wall insulation, attic room insulation and under-floor insulation have been put in place to reduce energy costs. A condensing boiler and mains pressure hot water cylinder are available to view. On show are refurbished sliding sash windows with double-glazing, and a heat recovery ventilation system is being built as part of ongoing basement refurbishment.

Following this, Green Directions at Townfield Head Farm in Stannington (S6) is a really impressive barn-conversion, and a great family day out. There are two impressive wind turbines, solar PV, and extensive under-floor heating. The household collect weekly energy data and have compiled some remarkable charts of how much energy and money they have saved since 2011. It’s a fascinating demonstration of just how much can be achieved.

The South Yorkshire Energy Centre in Heeley (S2) will also be opening its doors on Wednesday 23 April to show-off its brilliant working features such as a ground-source heat pump, which supplies under-floor heating to the old terraced house. There are also windowpanes in the walls to see different types of internal insulation. Not to mention wind turbines, solar panels and if you’ve got time after all this learning, you could put your feet up in the Heeley City Farm café!

On Thursday 24 April a home on Barnsley Road (S4) will be opening its draught-proofed doors and double-glazed windows to any interested persons. Some great things about this house are the solar PV, the solar hot water system and the condensing boiler. Also, draught-proofing and attic insulation make this large building very comfortable.

Also open on Thursday will be a house on Stainton Road (S11), which has extensive insulation measures. This property is particularly interesting if you also live in a mid-terraced house and want to find out what can be done to make it warmer and cheaper to run.
A house on Albert Road (S8) is also open with under-floor insulation installed from the cellar, secondary glazing and an insulated attic room. There are also some moisture management and draught-proofing techniques to look at. Nearby is another house demonstrating external insulation techniques, which can be viewed at any time. Back in Heeley, the South Yorkshire Energy Centre is open again on Thursday, for anyone who couldn’t make it on Wednesday, or needs more cake!

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Please book in advance for tours of all these homes at http://sheffield.greenopenhomes.net. Homes are open at different times. More events will take place in May, with a total of 18 homes open this spring.