With a community prize event GreenDependent closed the 6th season of its EnergyNeighbourhoods programme which supports households in making changes in their everyday energy use behaviour and practices with the objective of reducing consumption and avoiding CO2 emissions. Households work in small groups called EnergyNeighbourhoods led by a volunteer energy master trained by GreenDependent. The programme is organized in the framework of a competition: participants monitor their consumption as well as respond to challenges together with members of their EnergyNeighbourhoods. Groups that save the most energy and prove to be the most creative in the challenges are given various prizes. This year a group comprised of Roma households won the first prize: during the 5 months of the competition period they managed to reduce their consumption by 27% compared to their consumption a year ago.
In the picture above you can see the winning Roma group called "Kerasz Khetane" that translates to "Let's do it together!" in English with the representatives of the organizers.
More details of the programme and its methodology are available here.
The EnergyNeighbourhoods programme was first supported by the Intelligent Energy for Europe programme in 16 countries (between 2011-2013), and has since been funded by the E.ON Hungary Group in Hungary.