Home energy

Open Eco Homes

An annual event run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint offering unique opportunities to explore comfortable, beautiful low energy homes. Both new and retrofit homes open their doors with householders showing and explaining the energy-saving features of their homes. Visitors find out how to make their homes cosier whilst saving energy and carbon emissions.

Our homes account for around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions (Friends of the Earth, 2011). The average UK household is spending up to 50 per cent more than necessary on home energy, most of which is non-renewable. Millions of us live in old houses which leak precious heat and energy resources because we don’t have basic energy-saving measures, such as adequate insulation or draught proofing, in place.


There’s much we can do to make our homes more sustainable, often at low cost and with relatively little effort. The resources in this section will help get you started:

Local Resources


Posters and Handouts

Tips & Advice

Borrow an Electricity Monitor

Eco Home Case Studies

Thermal Imaging Resources