Green Homes is an educational program for families that are concerned about the environmental and social impact of their decisions and daily habits. Through this program the families receive practical recommendations to reduce their consumption and provide the organizers of the program with, for example, their electricity and water bills, which allows the organizers to quantify the savings.
This initiative helps them in the process of change towards a more responsible management of their home:
- Promoting control of domestic consumption of water and energy.
- Introducing water and energy saving measures and behaviours.
- Helping to make shopping more ethical and green.
While the focus of the Green Homes Programme is for families, in reality it can be implemented with virtually any type of group, adapting the methodology and educational materials to the profile of the participants. There are variations of the Programme for three different groups: groups at risk of social exclusion, schools and associations.
The Green Homes Programme has three phases. In the first phase, participants face the challenge of saving a significant amount of water and energy in their home. For participants who chose to stay in the Programme, in a second phase, a more respectful way to consume is proposed. The third phase consists of workshops and practical activities that provide more in-depth information on the issues discussed during the first two phases. The other product is the Green Homes Manual, a complete guide for running a Green Homes Programme, including background information, training materials, games, quizzes and Green Homes audit materials. It also contains the partners’ experiences in running the Green in Everyday Life project, their main conclusions and results. Also, the best practices implemented in each country have been included.