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ENERGISE final video

A short, subtitled video is available about the entire ENERGISE project, introducing the three-year long programme aiming at promoting energy reduction in households in the 8 participating countries.

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The next season just started – we are already over the first training event

The sixth season of E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods (which is actually the eighth season of the program, the first two seasons were part of a bigger international cooperative project under the EU) has just started in September.

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Press release: Involving everyday people in energy change

What role for everyday people in the climate crisis? ENERGISE Living Labs achieve energy reductions by challenging social norms in the home

In response to the increasingly urgent climate crisis, the European Commission is promoting several climate and energy targets with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising the economy. However, the current pace and scale of change is insufficient to achieve the necessary sustainability transitions in energy systems. Increasingly, households are seen as playing a role in energy transitions – which implies challenging social norms and habits around energy usage in the home.

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The ENERGISE Living Lab report about Hungary is available now!

A detailed report was made about the results and outcome of the ENERGISE project. During the project, the potential of reducing energy consumption of households was investigated in the scope of so-called 'living laboratories' or 'living labs'. 41 households from the town of Gödöllő (Hungary) participated in the project, half of them individually, while the other half in a community form. During the ENERGISE Living Labs, participants were asked to meet two challenges for one month, respectively; (1) to reduce the number of washing cycles, (2) to reduce the daily indoor temperature of their homes. During the challenges, households were asked to fill in diaries as well as questionnaries about their results, experiences and difficulties. Following the challenges, GreenDependent analysed data, and the outcome of the Living Labs was shared at a closing event in the spring 2019.

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A subtitled, short video about the Hungarian Living Labs closing event is available now

A short, subtitled video is available about the closing event of the Hungarian Living Labs in spring 2019, where the colleagues of GreenDependent presented the results of the Living Lab challenges. Moreover, experts were invited to the event to encourage participating households to take further energy saving actions.

You can read more about the programme HERE, and you can watch the video below:



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Compete4SECAP: promising mid-term results

On July 17 Hungarian C4S promoter GreenDependent Institute hold a mid-term motivation workshop for the building-level energy groups of the competing buildings.  The workshop provided a good opportunity for the evaluation of the mid-term results: during the first 6 month of 2018 buildings have saved 12% energy and 3% water on average (vs. the same period of the previous year) thus the individual campaigns seem to be successful and indeed supporting the broader efforts of the involves LAs in order to achieve a higher level energy efficiency.

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Methodological description and materials used of ENERGISE Living Labs available!

The ENERGISE project aimed at challenging energy practices in eight European countries. One crutial element of the project was the so-called 'living laboratory' or living lab methodology. This is a relatively new reseach method in which experiments are carried out under real conditions, with real households. In the scope of ENERGISE, the experiments focused on the intention of households to take challenges related to heating and laundry as well as to monitor whether they are able to meet these challenges.

A detailed description of Living Labs is available HERE, where we can follow the whole methodology step-by-step.

Documents designed for these particular living labs (surveys, diaries, inverviews, leaflets etc.) are available HERE.

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ENERGISE book launched!

An online book titled 'Energy Demand Challenges in Europe - Implications for policy, planning and practice', edited by Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins and Charlotte Jensen (2019) is available HERE. Edina Vadovics, Scientific Director of GreenDependent also wrote a chapter titled 'The Energy Challenge in Hungary: A Need for More Complex Approaches' (Chapter 8).

In the ENERGISE project, energy use practices of 300+ European households were challenged in autumn 2018 to change practices related to heating and laundry. After data collection, analysis and comparison of data is underway. Fore more information please visit

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ENERGISE Final Conference in Barcelona (15th October)

ENERGISE is an innovative pan-European research initiative to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. In the scope of the project 300+ households from 8 countries participated in so-called Living Labs to reduce the number of their washing cycles and indoor temperature. GreenDependent Institute participated in the programme as a project partner, and worked with 41 Hungarian households during the Living Labs.

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Households have been fighting against climate change for five years now

The fifth season of the E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods program has just ended, the GreenDependent Institute held the closing award ceremony on the 25th of May. We celebrated the participants of this season, also the 5th anniversary of the program. We gave thanks to our partners from E.ON and the most enthusiastic coordinators who led their team at least for three seasons.

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