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PEOPLE interested in how to make their homes more eco-friendly can head to a Southsea show-home next month.

The refitted house at 84 Jubilee Road is open to the public on April 13 from 9.30am to 4pm, April 14, from 2pm to 7pm, and April 19 from 9.30am to 4pm.

The dates are an opportunity for Portsmouth residents to see what can be done in their own homes to make them better for the environment and cheaper to run.

Work completed at Jubilee Road includes under-floor insulation, timber floors on the ground floor, dry-lining, installing a high-efficiency boiler, low flow taps and shower, low energy lighting, thermo radiator controls and a raised garden area with vegetable patch and water butt.

It will be handed over to a family in need of a home when the work is complete, and it’s estimated the improvements will help the family save around £400 a year on water and electricity bills.

Neighbours have also agreed they will compare their energy bills with those of the newly fitted-out house in the next year.

Local schools have also been involved in the project, learning about energy and how to be greener at home.

Hazel Hine, the project co-ordinator, said: ‘The open days are an opportunity to come along, see what we’ve done, but more importantly, see what people can do.

‘We’ll have experts you can talk to, freebies and top tips to make your home greener, warmer and better for the environment.’

An event will be held on April 12 at Highbury College for businesses including builders, plumbers and trades people to find out about the latest eco-building techniques.

For more information, email or call (023) 9283 4670.