This year is the first time we have extended to all of Dorset, through Dorset Climate Action Network. This has required building a team of local coordinators, all though zoom. Now we have 47 homes over all of Dorset! If it’s a success I expect twice as many next year.
After overcoming greener home hosts’ concerns about opening their homes to strangers, they are pleasantly surprised by the interest, quality of questions and inspiration which visitors show.
There is a lot of untapped knowledge out there, from bitter to sweet experience.
It is essential to help and reassure hosts and allow them to limit visits.
The main lesson is that there are many approaches to reducing footprint. New houses, low cost solutions and lifestyle changes are equally valid.
Feedback from visitors
The fact that so many of our hosts say that they drew inspiration, ideas and expertise from open homes in previous years which prompted them to make their homes greener