Green Home covers 4 main themes of waste, water, energy & transport. We have designed the full Green Home survey, which will give you a baseline score of how sustainably you are running your home. Most people use this information to change some of their behaviours; many utilise the Green Home Action Plans and advice to do this. The idea is that no less than 2 months after completing the full survey, you log in to take the same survey again – you can then compare the new scores with the baseline scores and see how and where you have improved. This is particularly effective for groups – as people can see both their individual and group scores. Many Tidy Towns and other community groups use these surveys as an easy comparison tool to see how projects or workshops they have organised, have influenced behaviour change of participants.
Anyone can become involved with Green Home; individual households, community groups, Tidy Towns groups, schools, colleges, teachers and business staff.
Many groups have taken Green Home on as a project and have got their communities and local schools involved – making positive changes in their local areas as regards health, environmental & financial improvements as well as involving people socially in their local areas.
Along with achieving environmental improvements in their communities, many groups report knock on positive impacts such as health benefits (sustainable travel), financial benefits for households and therefore for the local area, along with bringing people together and building relationships.
The Green Home Programme was piloted in 2007 and has been running since then. In the past it was funded under the National Waste Prevention Programme. Currently it is being funded by An Taisce EEU.