Artwork inspired by methods of making the city’s homes more environmentally friendly is going on display.
Members of the Art For Improvers group, which includes people with learning difficulties, produced pieces of work after visiting Manchester City Council's Eco House in Miles Platting.
The building, which looks like an ordinary terrace house from the outside, is designed to show how easy it is to make homes more efficient, and is crammed full of the latest in environmentally friendly design.
Members of the Wythenshawe Forum-based group created a work called Eco-cycle made from recycled materials such as bottle tops and action figures.
The piece, which will be put on display in the house, was designed to promote environmentally friendly modes of transport after members of the group visited the house's bike shed, which comes complete with a green roof to attract wildlife and absorb rainwater.
Members of the group, which is part of the City Council's Manchester Adult Education service, also made a pledge tree for the house, allowing any visitors who say they've been inspired to make a promise to put some of the ideas they have seen into action.
Visitors can receive free 90-minute tours around the Penzance Street house, which includes features ranging from a solar thermal hot water system and a sun pipe designed to channel free natural light to water saving devices, reflective radiator panels and efficient heating systems.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: "I would like to praise members of the group for producing these pieces of artwork, and I hope they will inspire others to find out about the importance of making simple modifications to make their homes more efficient.
"Thousands of Manchester residents live in houses just like this one and at a time when energy prices are shooting up, the Eco House demonstrates what residents can do to slash those bills."
The group's art tutor, Anne Leviten, said: "It's been a really exciting project, using unconventional materials which at first the group were unsure of. It's also been cost effective to produce as most things were no longer of original use and would have only been thrown away."
Visits to the Manchester Eco House need to be booked in advance by calling the Energy Team on 0161 234 5499 or email email@example.com