Green home opens its doors

A Scottish couple are to open the doors of their green home to the public this weekend. Sandy and Ann Dickson will invite Ayrshire residents into their inspirational green home […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A Scottish couple are to open the doors of their green home to the public this weekend.

Sandy and Ann Dickson will invite Ayrshire residents into their inspirational green home as part of a series of ‘Green Designs’ open doors events managed by the Energy Saving Trust.

Visitors can look around, speak to the owners about their experiences and get specialist advice about energy efficiency and renewable technology for their own property.

The Dickson’s self-built home features green technologies ranging from heat recovery and heat pump systems to solar panels, enhanced insulation and glazing. The environment-friendly house was born when in 2011 they decided to demolish their old home of 30 years and build the new, more efficient home on the same site.

Sandy Dickson commented: “The inspiration came from not wanting to have a draughty and hard-to-heat building with expensive oil-fired heating. And from my own research into energy saving technologies, we knew that incorporating these into the design would help us achieve our goals from the start.”

Anthony Kyriakides, Renewables Manager for the Energy Saving Trust said: “The Dicksons are great ambassadors for the Green Homes Network and will be more than happy to share helpful and honest insights with everyone who visits. What’s more, they will show that all homes no matter how big, small, new or old can be made greener, more comfortable and cheaper to run.”