Green homes to open doors for charity

Green homes to open doors for charity

Lucy Elder

Green homes to open doors for charity

Owners of green homes are set to throw open their doors to the public in aid of charity.

A total of 11 homes from across the area will be welcoming people to come and see their eco-friendly and money saving features.

These include a reed bed sewage system, water recycling and rainwater harvesting systems, solar panels and organic vegetable patches.

"It is down to the fact that energy prices just keep going up and up that more and more people want to look how they can shelter themselves while still living comfortably," said organiser Kath Pinto of Transition Town Maidenhead.

"Each house has different things to show really, so people can take their pick."

One of the properties on show will be a working beef cattle farm in Touchen End, where no chemicals have been used since 1984.

The owner, Joanna Wheatley, who has lived at the farm in Long Lane since 1959, also has solar panels and an electric car.

"I am very anxious that every one else takes [solar panels] on," she said.

Homes with the sun-catching devices use electricity for free when they are charging and Joanna has them on an east facing roof, which catches the rising sun.

"I plug it in when the sun in shining and drive around on sunshine like a butterfly," she added.

A collection will be taken for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service at the houses, which are open to view by appointment on Saturday and Sunday (May 10-11) and May 17-18.

The list of properties taking part in Maidenhead Green Open Homes can be found at Contact Kath Pinto on 01628 416538 to book.

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