Have you improved your home efficiency and are now ready to inspire others?

We're looking for local comfortable, well-retrofitted homes and sustainable new builds.

Could you show ways to achieve low energy consumption and carbon emissions, like:

  • good insulation & controlled ventilation
  • new technologies & renewable energy
  • attractive, maybe innovative design
  • natural or low-carbon building materials
  • low-cost or DIY sustainability measures
  • smart behaviour, saving energy and carbon
  • ‘Visitors’, in-person or online, really enjoy and appreciate learning about real homes direct from ‘host’ householders, getting honest information and advice, rather than a sales pitch. Hearing your eco-home story, the methods and technologies you used – including triumphs and disasters – help make an inspiring and informative tour. As a result the huge majority of visitors make their own home energy improvements, including big projects. You can make a real difference.  See our brief Open Eco Home 2023 report.

    Online or in-person?

    In Sept/Oct 2024 we expect to have both online and in-person tours. Tell us your preferences. 

    Online
    We support 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. We take care to protect your privacy.  Advantages:

    • larger audiences, with hosts / visitors further afield
    • YouTube recordings can reach thousands 

    In Person
    Hosts show booked visitors (usually 8 at a time) around their home (or most of it), telling the story and discussing how it’s sustainable and comfortable. Several tours are given for different groups.   Advantages:

    • seeing and discussing a home in person is a more powerful, motivating experience
    • groups interact better: it’s social and memorable

    Taking Part

    We’re looking for hosts of about 10 homes to take part in OEH 2024. We 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. If you’re interested in being an OEH Host, please complete this New Host Form or contact us  to talk it over.  Thank you!