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Residents urged to visit Surrey’s greenest homes to save money on energy bills

With energy prices predicted to continue to rise and the introduction of new Government incentives for renewable energy, Surrey’s Green Homes event will show residents how money can be saved on energy bills.

The open weekend, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March, will see Surrey homeowners opening their front doors to visitors. They will share their knowledge and experience of reducing fuel bills by generating their own renewable energy.

Ben Wood, project manager for Action Surrey, Surrey’s free energy advice service that supports local councils across the county said: “Nearly 30 homes will be available to view. Some of the houses are old, some are new, some have won awards, and others are just your average family home, but all offer plenty of energy saving ideas.”

Approximately 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the private housing stock. 80% of the existing housing stock will be still standing in 2050 so making these houses more energy efficient is a key priority, more so than new build.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, explains: “There really isn’t a better way to find out how you could save money on your energy bills than spending time with homeowners who have been there, done it and are already enjoying the benefits.”

The event is being organised by Action Surrey, Guildford Borough Council and environmental volunteer groups. Residents can view and choose the homes they’d like to visit for free but booking is required at www.actionsurrey.org/surreygreenhomes.

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For further information about Action Surrey, tours of houses or interviews with homeowners, please contact Kinga Podlewska at kinga@actionsurrey.org or on 0800 783 2503 or Felicity Stanbridge at felicity.stanbridge@surreycc.gov.uk or on 020 8541 8751.

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