Open House

The Sustainable Blacon Eco House at 2, Stamford Road, Blacon will be officially opened by Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council, at midday on Wednesday 17th August.

The Eco-House is part of Sustainable Blacon’s response to the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, a Department of Energy and Climate Change pioneering programme to help communities across the UK find a low carbon future.

The Eco House is a community show house which demonstrates different ways to reduce energy bills and consumption and the carbon emissions which are causing climate change.  It’s a practical example of a range of energy saving ideas that everyone can put into practice in their own homes.   Volunteers from the local community have been involved in the project from the outset. They have provided invaluable, expert assistance both inside and outside the house, in addition to supporting group visits to the Eco House.

Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said:  “I am delighted to be asked to officially open the Blacon Eco House. This represents a major achievement in demonstrating how residents of Blacon and wider Chester can save energy and money by simple measures, along with waste reduction and recycling. The house also provides a great demonstration to other areas across the country and Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to being a major supporter of this as we look forward to becoming a carbon neutral area. I look forward to hearing about the how the Eco house will provide a focus for a range of programme and activities over the next few years.”

Ged Edwards from Sustainable Blacon said: “The support and interest we have had has been very encouraging.  We’re very grateful to the many local and national organisations and suppliers have made the Eco House possible and to the many local people who made it happen.”

Simon Dukes (Eco House Manager) and Julie Perry  (Project Co ordinator) at Eco House in bloom
Simon Dukes from Sustainable Blacon said: “The Eco House is a great educational resource with a wide range of information and demonstrations on topics such as heating and lighting, cycling and buses, water use, composting and recycling, healthy lifestyles and alternative energy sources.  It’s so important that we understand about climate change and what we can do about it – and especially save money.  Seven schools have so far visited the Eco House as part of their curriculum and had an interesting day out including one from Blackpool.  The Blacon Schools Parliament, made up of representatives from each of the five primary schools in Blacon, together with pupils from Blacon High School, planned and planted the garden; Year 5 pupils at Dee Point Primary School created a series of unique artworks to communicate the environmental message, which are on display in the Eco House.”

The Eco House is open to all. For further information on what the Eco House can offer you, your group, or your school, please contact Sustainable Blacon on 01244 380150, via e-mail at info@sustainableblacon.org.uk, or visit their website: www.sustainableblacon.org.uk

(August 2011)

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