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Green Open Homes 2015: May 16th

Could you be a Green Open Home?

Have you installed renewable energy technologies or other energy-saving measures?

Would you be willing to show other people what you have done and talk about your experiences?

Moor Sustainable has once again secured funding from the Green Open Homes Network to showcase renewable and energy-saving technologies installed in ordinary homes. Talking to someone who has been through the installation process can really help to give people the motivation they need to make changes in their own homes.

This year, we plan to have 10 Open Homes in an area covering Saltburn, Redcar, Guisborough, Great Ayton and Stokesley. The event will run from 11am – 4pm.

We plan to showcase the following technologies and energy-saving measures:

External wall insulation Internal wall insulation
Ground source heat pump Air source heat pump
Solar photovoltaic system Solar thermal system
Wood pellet boiler Wood pellet stove
Log burning boiler Log burning stove
Micro CHP Thermal heat store
Wind turbine LED lighting
High performance glazing Efficient electrical appliances
Low cost improvements Water management


Information about each home will be displayed on the Green Open Homes website here.

If you could be willing to open your home as part of this event, complete this form and send it to: We’ll be in touch to discuss what’s involved, in more detail.

See our homes from last year here and last year’s leaflet here.


We are part of the national Green Open Homes Network, which supports events to demonstrate low carbon improvements in ordinary homes. The Network is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and delivered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy.



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Our first Moor Sustainable seed swap

Today, we postponed normal business at our meeting to hold an inaugural seed swap. This time, it was just the directors but we can’t help thinking this should form the basis of a future event.

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It was very interesting to note different approaches to organising a seed collection, amongst the directors. We had seeds filed “in order of planting,” seeds filed “in plant families,” and seeds filed as “Flowers A-Z and Veggies A-Z.”

In spite of this abundance of system, there were still a few in the “mystery seeds – forgot to label” category!

Seeds 1

A great use for all those reply envelopes you get sent in junk mail!

Will anyone have success with the Blue Pumpkins? Will Clare enjoy the ‘Orrible ‘Ollyhocks? Will anyone be able to stop themselves calling the Astrantia “Husband’s Blood” instead of “Hadspen’s Blood?” Watch this space.


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Moor Sustainable to continue the work of Esk Valley Community Energy Group

The Esk Valley Community Energy Group has been working since 2006 to reduce the community’s contribution to climate change by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The group held regular public meetings to give updates on current projects and to help people find out about new technologies. It also maintained a website offering a wealth of up to date advice and useful links.

After nearly nine years of activity, the group is now ceasing to operate but, due to strong links and overlapping aims, has decided that its assets should be transferred to Moor Sustainable CIC.

This means that the work of the EVCEG will now be continued over the wider area of north east Yorkshire, covered by Moor Sustainable. We will also continue to update the EVCEG website and link to it through this site.


The following notice was given to all EVCEG members & supporters:

“At the Extraordinary General Meeting of Esk Valley Community Energy Group at 8pm on 11th February 2014 the following resolution was passed:


This meeting resolves that the Esk Valley Community Energy Group should cease to operate and the assets be transferred to Moors Sustainable CIC before the 28th February 2014. The assets include: the website, the mailing list and funds amounting to £158.93.

The work of the Esk Valley Community Energy Group will now be continued but over the wider area of north east Yorkshire (the old historic Cleveland) by Moor Sustainable CIC.”


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Renewable Energy Event in Stokesley

Would you like advice about renewable technologies, installation and incentives?

Visit this FREE event in Stokesley Town Hall on Friday 20th February, 2 – 7 pm.

The event is being organised by Hambleton District Council and Yorkshire Energy Partnership.

See poster, below, for details. The poster can also be printed out.

Please share this post if you know people who would be interested.

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Disco evening in support of the Save School Farm campaign

School farm crop

Come along for an evening of music and games and help support this local campaign against inappropriate development.

There will also be pies, peas, chips and a bar.

Where: Wrays Barn, Whinstone View, Great Ayton TS9 6QG.

When: Friday 27th Feb, 8pm until midnight.

Tickets: £10 available from Thompson’s Hardware Store and The Discovery Centre, Great Ayton or tel. 01642 723137.

Organised by Caryn and Mike Loftus through Moor Sustainable.

Here is a link to the campaign Facebook page “Say ‘NO’ to School Farm Development.”

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