Belper Open Eco-Homes

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Welcome to the Belper Open Eco-homes Event!

Join us on Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd for a unique opportunity to explore sustainable home solutions. Whether you’re considering solar panels, a heat pump, or reducing your homes energy loss, we’ve got you covered.

Discover how insulation, draught-proofing, and home energy generation can not only save you money but also make a positive impact on the environment.

At our event, local householders and businesses who have already implemented these measures will open their doors to visitors. Get inspired by their successes, learn from their experience, and become better able to embark on your own plans through your visit. Additional help is available from Transition Belper’s Energy Advice Team

Don’t miss out on the chance to see these great ideas in action!

Choose which of the homes shown below you would like to visit, and when (noting the times when householders have said they’ll be open), and book your place by emailing Chris Ring by clicking here.

House 1

9 Bosley Mews, Belper DE561BU

Extensively renovated in 2002. Well insulated attic, under floor heating, new window glass and doors. Solar panels. ‘A’ rated electric appliances. Thermal window blinds, warm in winter, cool in summer, low utility bills. Vegetable garden. Wild bee and butterfly border.

Open for a one hour tour 1 till 2 on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd.

Maximum 12 people per tour. Tea ,coffee and scones provided for a voluntary donation to The Green Party. Parking and disabled access problematic. Park in town and walk up (10 mins) or park on Acorn Drive and walk over the recreation ground.

House 2

2 Malthouse Lane, Nether Heage, DE56 2AS

Mid-18 century stone cottage extended twice in 1990s. Since 1997 the owners have taken numerous steps to reduce energy bills and the carbon footprint. These include extensive internal insulation, two solar panel installations, and various other measures. Records of energy consumption throughout the period, and thermal imaging are available, and well as details of material employed.

Visitors Saturday 22nd morning by appointment only, please. Access from Belper via Crich Lane, or from Ambergate (A610) follow New Road and follow directions to Nether Heage. See location map. Parking limited.

House 3

The Bungalow, Kirks Lane, Belper, DE56 1LJ

Purchased as a retirement home with a view to extending and upgrading which has involved numerous improvements including extensive insulation, solar  panels and overfloor heating. Data gathered shows energy consumption has significantly decreased despite the increased building footprint.

Visitors welcome from 11 am and 3pm on Saturday 22nd, and 2pm on from Sunday 23rd. Driveway parking available for several cars, but not on Kirks Lane as this is a bridleway (our bungalow is the last house on the left).

House 4

1B Melbourne Close, Belper DE56 1NG

Visit my home to see what I’ve found can and can’t usefully be done In my modern 3-bed semi to cut my energy bills and carbon footprint. Examining all the options, and with a modest budget, I’ve installed solar panels, improving my loft insulation, and made some internal changes to reduce heat loss. Energy use and cost data available during the retrofitting period.

Visitors welcome 3pm Saturday 22nd and 3pm Sunday 23rd.

My house lies just below the Park Estate: there’s limited parking nearby. Alternatively, a short but steep walk from Belper Market Place, through Belper Parks and across Melbourne Meadows brings you to the top of Melbourne Close, No other access problems.

House 5

4a Damside, Belper DE56 1HZ

Two years since we moved here and we have done lots of work on our house. A 13 panel solar PV set-up was installed in March by Danlec. Electricity bills are tiny now and we are exporting £3 worth to the grid (via Octopus) on a good day. So far, so good

We are open for visits 11 – 12 on Saturday 22nd and Sundaty 23rd.

Easiest access from town centre is on foot. Head down Parkside to the bottom, turn in to the left between the houses and cross Coppice Brook via the footbridge. Pass the play area, keeping left and ours is to the left of the house with the distinctive custard cream render (!)

House 6

20 Bank View Road, Nether Heage, DE56 2AY

A sixties, brick built detached property in the village of Nether Heage. Over the last year we have increased the insulation to B(93) rating and installed PV panels (3.8Kw) and 4.8 Kwh of battery storage (quickly doubled up to 9.6Kwh). We have just taken delivery of an air source heat pump which should be installed by open day. 2 more PV panels are also going to be installed.

There should be plenty of parking in front of the house.

House tours available on Saturday 22nd at 11am and 1:30pm.

Please note our dog Cheddar might bark but he is very friendly