Step inside for a view of Scotland’s green properties

This October, 41 green homes and 14 businesses across Scotland will open their doors to the public to demonstrate how renewables systems and energy efficiency improvements save them money, as well as reduce their carbon footprint.

The free Green Network open days on October 3 and 4 will give the public a chance to take a close look at how the various systems and home improvements work in different types of properties.

It’s a unique opportunity to speak to people who are already living and working in greener properties – and to learn from their experiences.

Eight homes and three businesses in the North-east of Scotland are taking part.

A number of technologies – from solar panels, biomass boilers and wind turbines to high performance glazing, smart meters and LED lighting – will be showcased.

Specialist advisors will be on hand at many properties to provide advice. There will also be an opportunity, at some locations, to test drive an electric vehicle.

In addition to talking about the systems and improvements themselves, the property owners can also chat about their experience of the installation process and the savings they are making.

Last year’s event saw a host of homes and businesses open their doors to hundreds of visitors from across the country, all of whom were interested in seeing how renewables and energy efficiency improvements could help them.

Mike Thornton, Director of the Energy Saving Trust Scotland said: “The Green Network open days provide a unique opportunity for people in the North East to see various types of energy saving and energy generating technologies working in real homes and businesses.

“The homeowners and businesses taking part are great ambassadors and can help explain the benefits. The feedback from last year’s event was fantastic and we are hoping even more people will come along and be inspired this year.”

For more information on the open days or to book a visit, log onto www.greennetworkopendays.org.uk, contact greenhomes@est.org.uk.