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Press release: The communities of EnergyNeighbourhoods saved enough energy to do 142,000 loads of washing

The 7th season of E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods (altogether the 9th season of EnergyNeighbourhoods) has just ended under the organisation of GreenDependent Institute. At the closing event of the 8-month-long programme, the communities saving the highest amount of energy, the most creative communities as well as the volunteer Energy Masters (group coordinators) were awarded. Despite the pandemic, almost all groups were successful in achieving energy savings, 10% on average, but significantly more by the winning communities (33%, 23% and 17% respectively).

While being in home office and home school, the communities had a chance to pay more attention to their everyday energy consumption, and to challenge themselves in certain tasks, e.g. to reduce indoor temperature during the heating season, or to reduce the number of washing cycles. EnergyNeighbourhoods program participants saved more energy than the amount required for doing 142,000 loads of washing at 40 degrees.

Besides the competition, also the closing event was realized in a specific way due to the pandemic. Similarly to the last closing event, only the Energy Masters and the speakers took part (while, normally, 100-120 people participate at the closing event each year). Representatives (i.e. the Energy Masters) of the most successful communities saving the most energy shared their experience and thoughts.

After the motivating presentations, an inspiring round table debate was held with the participation of 3 Energy Masters taking part in the project for several years. They shared their experience, motivation and community building practices. The round table was followed by the presentation of an energy expert about the up-to-date topic of community energy. At the end of the event, valuable awards were given to the most successful communities and Energy Masters to further support their green lifestyle change.

During the implementation of the E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods competition, the organiser GreenDependent Institute paid careful attention to minimizing the 'footprint' of the programme as much as possible. The carbon footprint of the programme was calculated and 105 native fruit trees were distributed among the participants in order to compensate for it. Besides compensation, the planting of the trees will contribute to the protection of biodiversity and production of local food.

More information about E.ON Energy Neighbourhoods is available HERE.

 

 

 

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