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£20k grants available for green homes 'open house'

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has teamed up with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to encourage households to open their eco-homes to the public

The Bristol-based Centre for Sustainable Energy - in partnership with the long-established Bristol Green Doors - has launched the new national network to support low carbon home events.

Called Green Open Homes, the initiative is offering resources, advice and an online hub for local groups organising open houses events. The programme hopes households will be encouraged to make energy saving improvements to their home after seeing what others in their community have done.

Grants of up to £20,000 are being awarded as part of the initiative’s launch. The application deadline for the first funding round is 30 September for events taking place before May 2014.

DECC minister Greg Barker said: ‘Open home events highlight just how good energy saving improvements can look and feel, not to mention the savings they can provide on energy bills. There are also a number of ways to pay for these types of exciting home improvements through the Green Deal.

‘The new competition being launched by the National Open Homes Network provides a real incentive for running an open homes event – there’s up to £20,000 available per group.’

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