Local government

August 30, 2009


Household Eco-Account Calendar to Help Families Save $620

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Wakayama Prefecture, in western Japan, started distributing a household eco-account calendar in April 2009 to those who request it. People using the calendar can calculate their CO2 emissions by filling in the amount of monthly utilities usage, such as electricity, natural gas, water and gasoline on the calendar. The calendar also helps each user to set a goal toward reducing CO2 emissions and take actions aimed at eco-friendly living.

The calendar offers eco-friendly recipe ideas using fresh local foods, as well as monthly action targets and tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle. It is estimated that CO2 emissions could be reduced by one ton per year, and the annual saving would be about 60,000 yen (about U.S.$620), if a family carried out all of the matters shown on the calendar. The calendar also gives simple explanations of terms and information concerning the environment.

As of June 2009, about 8,000 copies of the calendar have been distributed.

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Wakayama Prefecture official website

Posted: 2009/08/30 06:00:15 AM