‘Visitors’, in-person or online, really enjoy and appreciate learning about real homes direct from other householders, getting honest advice rather than a sales pitch. Hearing your eco-home story, the methods and technologies you used – including triumphs and disasters – all help make an inspiring and informative tour. As a result the huge majority of visitors make their own home energy improvements, including big projects. 2021’s Open Eco Homes inspired or enabled improvements that will save an estimated 969 tonnes CO2. You can make a real difference. See our brief Open Eco Home 2021 report.
In 2022 we expect that some Sept/Oct home tours will be online and some in-person, subject to Covid conditions. Please tell us your preferences.
Recent OEH ‘tours’ have been online. We’ve supported each host to tell their story and show their home with slides and usually video clips in a one hour Zoom meeting, with audience questions and discussion. Advantages:
Most OEH tours have been in person, with hosts showing booked visitors (usually 8 at a time) around their home (or most of it), telling its story and discussing how it’s sustainable and comfortable. Several tours are given for different groups. Advantages:
We’re looking for hosts of about 8 homes to take part in OEH 2022 and take care to protect your privacy. We’ll ask for details of your home to help us write a 2-sided case study, like these. They’re a great resource for anyone interested to follow-up on what you’ve done.