The Green Family program
Hi, we’re the Green family. We were concerned about climate change, drought and the decline of natural systems, and wanted to reduce our impact on the environment.
However, with a mortgage and general expenses to consider, we couldn’t afford large investments like water tanks, solar hot water or photovoltaic power systems.
So we crafted a simple three stage program to help us. Each stage of the program lessened our impact on the environment and saved us money in the process. The further we got into our program, the more money we saved to invest into our ever increasingly “Green” home.
By the end of the program we saved over $21,000, invested in pro-environmental improvements for our home and cut our water use and green house gas emissions by over 50%.
You too can use our Green program to reduce your household’s impact on the environment and save money. ”
Year 1 - First Steps
In our first stage of actions we focused on day to day things we could do differently to reduce our impact on the environment. These actions required no investment but saved our family a lot of money, day in day out. The following actions saved us over $5,000 in the first year...
Year 2 - Investing
In the second stage we continued with the actions we implemented in Stage 1. On top of that, we re-invested the money we saved as a result of those actions. We also took out a small green loan to help finance the purchase and installation of various energy and water saving products...
Year 3 - Renovating
In the final stage of our program we continued with the actions we undertook in the first two stages. We also decided to renovate our house to a ‘Green home’...