How Neighbors Help Neighbors to Cut Their Energy Use (Video)

June 20, 2011
Sami Grover

From efficient cook stoves in China to foot-powered irrigation pumps in India, the Ashden Awards have always had a focus on low-tech, affordable and accessible ways to cut carbon. One of the latest Ashden Award recipients is no exception—getting neighbors together over a cup of tea or a meal to brainstorm ways they can each cut their energy use and live more efficient lives. If the number of participants is anything to go by, it seems to be working.

I posted before about the Transition Streets initiative that was harnessing both peer-support and perhaps even a little peer-pressure to initiate behavior change. Working neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and convened by residents themselves, these groups meet for a series of 8 sessions in which they address different aspects of energy and resource use in the home, identifying specific ways that they can each make a difference.

As the video above shows, the program is not necessarily designed for the hardcore low carbon pioneer—but rather the average homeowner or renter who would like to take steps toward a greener lifestyle, but isn't quite sure where to start.

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