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Launch of ‘My Green Home’ Challenge

Categories: ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Sustainability
One South African family will change their home to help change the world

Today the Ngewana family launched their public journey of greening their home and lifestyle. Bulelwa Ngewana, the Mother of the family says: “We’ve always had good intentions, but haven’t been sure about where to start. So we’re taking on the My Green Home challenge, and we’ll be getting help with training and a sponsored green ‘makeover’.”

The Ngewanas are improving their habits and will install energy-efficiency and green equipment, to show others how to save money by going green.

Zwelethu the Father explains: “Our goal is to cut our electricity consumption by 15% with ‘no cost’ changes and with equipment take this to 40% percent in just three months”. They are also aiming to reduce water by 20% and recycle 75% of their waste, and they are challenging other South Africans to join them in taking action at home.

Starting this week, South Africans can learn and save along with the Ngewana’s, following their journey at www.mygreenhome.org.za and on Twitter (@mygreenhomesa). The website has useful advice and resources to get started, based on cost criteria. Regular competitions will reward people who participate, with a range of green prizes and a grand prize of another ‘green home makeover’.

My Green Home is led by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA, www.gbcsa.org.za), with main co-funding from the German government through the South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN) as part of the bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Germany. SAGEN is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ http://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/17790.html), an international organisation which supports the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

It is also supported by the 49M (www.49m.co.za) campaign and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI, http://www.sanedi.org.za) as well as a range of product sponsors, partner organisations and collaborators. (See www.mygreenhome.org.za)

Says Brian Wilkinson, the CEO of GBCSA, “The Green Building Council South Africa leads the transformation of the South African property industry towards environmental sustainability. We started by influencing commercial property market, primarily, but MyGreenHome moves to the level of our individual homes where we and our families can all get involved. We’re delighted that the Ngewana family have taken on this challenge to inform and inspire us. We wish them well, and we’ll all be watching their progress. We thank the German Government and its South African-German Energy Programme for providing co-funding, and the partners, many sponsors and collaborators that have come on board”.

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