Environment champions to open their doors to eco homes in Highgate and Muswell Hill

Champions of green “super-homes” are encouraging people to take a leaf out of their book by inviting the public to look around their environmentally-friendly houses this weekend.

Twelve households in and around Highgate will open their doors on Sunday to show how they have reduced their carbon footprint and pass on energy tips.

Among those hoping to inspire is renewable energy writer Jackie Jones, who turned her 1980s four-storey home in Duke’s Head Yard, Highgate Village, into an energy-saving paradise.

Measures include installing 11 solar panels on the roof and buying a solar-powered television.

“It just seemed to make sense to do it,” she said. “I was the editor of a renewable energy magazine for 12 years so I tend to be quite energy focused.”

Lucy Craig and her husband Gordon transformed their 1980s three-bedroom home in Yewtree Close, Muswell Hill.

It is part of a sustainable homes weekend of events put on by the Highgate Society. Talks and exhibitions will take place at a conference at Channing School, The Bank, Highgate, on Saturday between 11am and 4.30pm, while the 12 environmentally-friendly homes will open on Sunday.

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n For details and to book a visit, go to 21stcenturyhomes.org.uk.