On Sunday 11th September, from 11am-4pm, Footpaths is running an event where Leicester people open up their homes so you can come and see what they have done to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints by 70% and more. With changes ranging from solid wall insulation and solar panels to eating lower carbon foods and living without a fridge, here is your chance to ask questions about what is hard, easy, makes the most difference and how does it feel?

We are asking you to book in advance, so if you'd like more info on what the homes feature, what lifestyle changes you could ask about, or to book to see one or more of them, then please read on. If you'd simply like to be kept up-to-date about the open home plans, then please sign up to the Footpaths email list by using the Get Involved tab on the main menu.

Heyworth Road, Rowley Fields, LE3 2DB.

1930's semi featuring under-floor, internal and external solid wall insulation; triple, secondary and cheap temporary DIY glazing; rainwater collection; photovoltaic solar panels; living at low temperatures; rainwater collection; living without a fridge and eating low carbon food; learning to ride a bike as an adult, kitchen units and other furniture made of reclaimed timber. This house is part of the national SuperHomes Network and has been assessed as saving 70% of energy before lifestyle changes.

If you want to ask questions about the carbon footprint of food, this is the house to visit as it is her specialist area.

To book a visit please complete this registration form.

 

Knighton Road, Clarendon Park, LE2 3TS.

1930's semi featuring solar electricity and hot water, renewable energy and heating monitoring and controls; magnetic fix secondary glazing over original stained glass feature windows; low energy lights and white goods; water saving features; internal wall insulation.

If you want to ask questions about the technical details of solar panels, this is the house to visit as he is a professional solar installer.

To book a visit please complete this registration form.

 

Letchworth Road, Western Parks, LE3 6FG.

1920's semi featuring drying clothes out in the rain; programmable thermostatic radiator valves; composting and rainwater collection; a kitchen built from recycled, reclaimed and sustainably sourced materials; triple and wood double glazing; avoiding supermarkets and using Community Supported Agriculture; external solid wall insulation; commuting to Lutterworth, Market Harborough and around Leicester by folding bike, public transport and a bike trailer.

If you want to know about commuting by bike, this is the household to visit.

To book a visit please complete this registration form.

 

Wynfield Road, Western Parks.

1920's detached house featuring loft, roof, under-floor and external solid wall insulation; low energy appliances and lighting; photovoltaic and hot water solar panels, a wood burning stove for heating and hot water, triple glazing and water saving devices. This house is part of the national Superhomes Network and has been assessed as saving 73% of energy use before lifestyle changes.

If you want to talk to someone about making plans to buy a house with the intention of making it green, this is the house to visit, as it's exactly what he did.

To book a visit please complete the registration form.