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EnergyNeighbourhoods shows that households can be green even in quarantine

On September 26, GreenDependent Institute held the closing award ceremony of the sixth season of the E.ON Energy Neighbourhoods competition, which was postponed from June. The organizers awarded those who had saved the most energy, and those who been most creative during the six-month competition, as well as the volunteer coordinators of the communities. This season was special because of the epidemic, so at the closing event those who had collected the most interesting ‘green stories’ about the quarantine were rewarded too.

This year's competition was unusual because of the epidemic, as the participating families had to spend almost half of the time of the competition in their homes and flats. Education and working from home affected the potential for savings. While it wasn’t easy, the families overcame the unexpected difficulties and proved that reducing energy consumption isn’t impossible, even when in quarantine.

This year, first place was won by the communities of Bolgygóvédők who saved 20.07 percent and earned a score of 98 percent for their creative tasks. The team was made up of eight families with small children from Pestszentlőrinc, who had already been living quite green lifestyles. Second place went to the community of Életet a Földnek, who made savings of 15.03 percent and got 90 percent for their creative task-solving. The team was made up of ten like-minded, Earth-loving households from Göd. In third was the ENJO team which made savings of 16.7 percent and scored 73 percent on the creative assignments. The community was created from eight families from Kistelek and Budapest, and led by a coordinator living in Austria.

Not only did the competition take place in an unusual format this year, but also the closing ceremony. Instead of the usual 100-120 people, only 35 coordinators, participants, and speakers could gather in one place because of the epidemic situation. But to give as many families as possible the opportunity to get involved, the event was also broadcast live on Facebook.

The organizers also made sure that, in addition to complying with epidemiological regulations, the carbon footprint of the program was kept low, so every associated training session and event was organized so as to be climate-friendly and green. For example, environmentally friendly Hungarian-made hand sanitizer was used in refillable bottles. In addition, the carbon footprint of the program was calculated and will be offset this year by planting 110 native fruit trees, distributed among the participating communities.

 

 

 

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