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Energy House Due to Open to the Public

By Katie Anderson on June 2, 2011

In an effort to raise awareness of fuel poverty in Britain, Energy House will be opening its door to the public on 16th June.

The pre-1920s terraced property was built in a lab at the University of Salford where the climate can be controlled. Scientists have designed the house to be used to research energy saving products and practices to see if the energy efficiency of the property is improved. The university is inviting members of the public to view demonstrations of the lab’s climate system, which generates various climatic conditions, like wind and rain. They will also be giving advice and practical tips on how to conserve energy and save money on their heating bills.

“The open day will provide practical advice on the energy saving technologies and subsidised options out there, and hopefully it will help people to save money too,” explained Steve Waterworth, manager of the university’s Energy Hub.

According to the Department For Energy and Climate Change, in 2009 there were 4.6 million households in England experiencing fuel poverty, of which the main causes are poor energy efficiency in the home, high energy prices and low household incomes. The Energy House is a key part of the university’s research into the alleviation of fuel poverty, and the aim of the open day is to share the findings of its research.

“The Energy House is a unique project and it’s important to share the benefits of our research with the community,” adds Steve.