The Energy Communities program won the “Involvement-Commitment” category of the EU Sustainable Energy Award (EUSEW Award), which is given to an activity that most effectively shapes consumers’ energy use habits, according to the statement of the GreenDependent Institute sent to MTI.
Over the past nine years, the average energy savings of households participating in the Energy Communities competition have ranged from 7 to 10 percent, but the truly committed ones have been able to reduce their consumption by 15 to 30 percent compared to the previous year, through everyday energy use and not through investment, they said.
Edina Vadovics, the professional head of the institute, told MTI that GreenDependent is a non-profit public benefit organization that has been operating for more than 10 years. Its main mission is to promote sustainable lifestyles and help individuals, households and communities to live greener.
The aim of the Energy Communities competition is to help households and families understand the impact of climate change on their lives and what they can do to mitigate these impacts. It is important to know that it does not expect participants to invest, but to change their lifestyle and habits.
Edina Vadovics said that volunteer coordinators will organize communities of 5–7 households from their families, friends and colleagues to reduce their energy consumption during the competition from December 1 to the end of April 2022.
Those interested can register at www.energiakozossegek.hu