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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

Autumn green home inspirations

Autumn is a great time to get inspired about greening your home, so we at Green Homes Sheffield are planning 4 days of open homes for you to visit.  Each of the days will focus on a different area of the city and offer a selection of homes to visit:

Sat 11 October – 2 homes in Crookes, plus look out for more details for Heeley/Meersbrook

Sun 12 October – 2 homes in Nether Edge

Sat 18 October – homes in Ecclesall Road area plus Nether Edge and further afield… more details soon!

Sun 19 October – Our ‘Burngreave Special’ openings will include 3 very different homes and a chance to talk to tenants and homeowners about the work done.

Across the city there will be around 12 homes to visit, and we are co-ordinating opening times to help you see everything you want to.

Full details of all the homes are at:


Our Autumn open homes announced

Green Homes Sheffield is pleased to announce we’ll be holding a series of open homes days in October 2014. Running on two consecutive weekends, the events will feature clusters of homes in different neighbourhoods of Sheffield. There will be the chance to visit one or more homes in Nether Edge, Burngreave, Crookes, Heeley/Meersbrook and Ecclesall Road.

The dates for your diary are:

  • Sat 11th and Sun 12th October
  • Sat 18th and Sun 19th October

Check back soon for further details of green open homes to visit, features on view, and times of tours/drop-ins!



Fun in the sun last weekend!

Kind of hard to believe, as the rain now beats down, but our final Spring open homes weekend was  feast of fun in the sun! We teamed up with Sheffield Friday Night Ride for a gentle tour of 7 open homes – we were delighted to have 50 riders turn up for the ride, who were skilfully shepherded through mini-tours of homes in Meersbrook, Sharrow and Burngreave, and enjoyed refreshments en route in the beautiful garden of our host in Southgrove Road, and afterwards at the Gardener’s Rest pub.

Alongside the bike ride, over the weekend there were other opportunities to visit 7 homes, and many visitors took in several tours on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of questions were asked and contacts made with useful builders, suppliers and installers. The information flowed in all directions as visitors and hosts discussed their energy efficiency projects.  It was great to meet so many people who are so thoughtfully tackling making their home greener.  As we gathered after the final tour of the weekend, at Fireside Housing Co-op, there was a real sense of a developing network of support.

Now our project team are busy putting together a report on our Spring openings, and taking steps to build the network further. If you or your company want to be involved, please use the sign-up form or our contact form to get in touch. We are already looking forward to more events this autumn, and would love to invite you!

Busy Bank Holiday weekend ahead!

Over the Bank Holiday weekend 3rd- 5th May Green Homes Sheffield is offering 7 more chances to visit Green Homes near you in Sharrow, Greystones, Crookes, Millhouses, Crookesmoor and Hunters Bar.

These homes are opening their doors for tours and will show off their eco-features to inspire you. Please come along to learn more from householders who have made their homes warmer, more affordable and greener.

At these homes you can see different examples of insulation used, on internal walls, in attic rooms and under floors. Several homes have solar electricity and there are several examples of how to use solar water heating to reduce your gas bills. You can also find out about different options for upgrading or replacing windows to make them more energy efficient.

Mark Wells, our Green Homes host in Crookes commented: “When I started work to insulate my home, I really benefited from other people’s experience to understand what to do and who could help me. It’s great to have the opportunity to share what I’ve learnt along the way. I hope it will help more householders to get work done that makes their home more comfortable and cheaper to run.”

Please book in advance for tours of all these homes at – homes are open at different times. More events will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th May, with a total of 18 homes open this spring.

Did you hear the one about the 3 Victorian homes?

… a detached house, a semi and a terrace?? If not, you have the chance to tomorrow, Thurs 24th April, when these 3 homes will open their doors to help you understand how to save energy in your home!

You can book for tours at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm of the detached house on Barnsley Road at The house has many energy-saving features including different kinds of insulation, window solutions and renewable energy.

The work done to make the Victorian semi more cosy and energy efficient is explained in our blog here  – it’s a great example of what can be done from simple DIY to major refurb. There are tours at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm bookable here:

And if a terraced house is what you want to see, there is a fine example at The home has underfloor insulation and internal wall insulation, as well as solar electricity, and there’s a lot to learn about what works in a typical passage-terrace house.    Tours tomorrow at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Please book your visits so your host can put the kettle on and be ready to tell you their story!


Green Homes open this weekend – be there!

We’re really excited that this weekend our first Green Homes open – do join us if you can! There are 8 homes around Sheffield open over this weekend, and this is the grand tour I’m planning! See to devise your own tour and book your visits.

On Saturday morning I’ll head up to Crookes to see the internal insulation work carried out at 103 Cross Lane, and then trot down the hill to 282 Springvale Road to see more insulation, windows and a new heating system  at this home where work is still in progress.

In the afternoon I’m visiting Burngreave, to see what has been achieved at Brambles Housing Co-op – I think I might learn from their heating system and insulation. Afterwards it’s a short(ish) step to 266 Barnsley Road where I want to understand their solar set-up.

Low impact extension at Fireside Housing Co-op
Low impact extension at Fireside Housing Co-op

Sunday will be  at least a half-marathon for me, to take in the fascinating new-build eco-home at 113 Shirebrook Road, and have a look at the external insulation at 120 Albert Road nearby. After a return to Burngreave to see the low-impact extension at Fireside, I’ll head out to Stannington to find out about the renewable energy and insulation features that Green Directions have brought to  Townfield Head Farm.
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Not that I’m competitive at all, but if anyone wants to rival my mega-tour, get booking so our hosts know you are coming!  If you can’t join in this weekend, check out our future open days up to 18th May and book ahead…

Come to Green Homes cafe event!

Transition Sheffield is hosting a  Green Homes Sheffield cafe evening at Fusion Cafe on Monday 7th April from 7.30-10pm.

As well as a talk about Green Homes Sheffield there will be a short film about Bath Green Homes and the chance to discuss cafe-style, anything about warmer, greener homes!

The evening is free with donations welcome, and tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase. Fusion Cafe is at Arundel St, S1 2NS.  Full event details here.
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Also for your diary: Sheffield Friday Night Ride will hold a Green Homes Sheffield themed bike ride on Fri 16th May 2014 – visiting up to 8 of the host homes – more details 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: