Bendigo Bank's Green Family Save $8000 a Year by Going Green

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On Saturday, March 1, Bendigo Bank launched its online Green family, who embarked on a campaign to reduce greenhouse emissions three years ago, and saved $21,000.

Bendigo Bank launched its Green family on Saturday, March 1, who embarked on a campaign to reduce greenhouse emissions three years ago, and saved $21,000. The family lives online at the bank's Generation Green website and can demonstrate step-by-step how they achieved the saving.

With no initial expense but using initiative and planning, the Green family also reduced the costs of running the house by $8000 a year. In the second year, they invested money in green infrastructure such as rain water tanks that has the potential to increase the value of their house.

They are dad Lorne Green, mum Theresa Green, son Max Green and daughter Liv Green. They are based on ordinary Australians and what they achieved can be accomplished by any family. A specialist environmental consultant prepared the estimates, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, used to calculate the costs and savings of the Green family's campaign.

For example, family members saved $1900 a year by car pooling, riding a bike or using public transport to get to work or school. They saved $1000 a year by reducing waste. Counting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is just like preparing and sticking to a financial budget. If you counted your emissions like you counted dollars and cents, what would you plan to achieve?

Every change made by the Green family is explained on the Generation Green website with links to other websites providing further information.

Generation Green members will receive a quarterly e-newsletter that will detail the three-year program quarter by quarter.

You can meet the Greens by logging on to the Bendigo Bank Generation Green website from Saturday March 1.

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