Turn your house into a Green Home!

An Taisce has set up a scheme to help us turn our houses into Green Homes. Thanks to Niamh McDonald for sending us this report:

Green Home is an action-based programme offering householders support and advice on ways to save money on their household bills and reduce their impact on the environment. The programme focuses on household waste reduction, energy efficiency in the home, water conservation and promoting sustainable travel.

Green HomeNecessity may be the mother of all invention, but when it comes to the Green Home programme the ‘pester power’ of the An Taisce Green Schools’ children, who brought their environmental messages from school to home, resulted in the Green Home programme being developed by An Taisce in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006.

Already 9,000 households are participating in the programme with great results. Many participating households include students from Green Schools, Tidy Towns groups, such as Keadue Tidy Town, and businesses, including Citi Bank and Unilever.

Commenting on the success of the Green Home programme, Dr Gerry Byrne Manager of the National Waste Prevention Programme has said: “Great strides have been made by An Taisce in developing and rolling out the Green Home programme. This provides every citizen in Ireland with the information they need to play their part in living in a more sustainable way. This in turn will provide a sound foundation for the development of a greener, smarter economy and destination for Ireland.”

The Green Home programme is making a difference, most especially for households in their household bills. Research conducted for the National Consumer Agency in 2010 found that one in three people cited not having enough money to pay day-to-day expenses as their biggest financial worry for 2011. But what can we do as individuals? Well, we can be empowered to make ‘no cost’ changes in our own homes that can directly reduce our household bills and at the same time help to protect our environment. The Green Home programme is open and free to every household in Ireland so why not sign up today?

For further information or to join the Green Home programme visit www.greenhome.ie, contact dstewart@eeu.antaisce.org or call Dorothy Stewart on 01 4002218.