Due to global warming and climate change, Hong Kong has experienced rising temperatures in the past few decades, and these families mainly live in inadequately housed household. Their living environment is not good, with cold winters and hot summers, and the appliances in their homes are old and energy-consuming, causing them to have higher energy bills in hot weather, adding to their burden. This year, IKEA has joined hands with Caritas to help subdivided families replace energy-consuming appliances. It also teaches them about energy conservation, helping them save energy expenses and protect the earth.
Beneficiaries: Children and teenagers, families living
in Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong districts
As Hong Kong families suffer from energy poverty, it seems to be a dream for them to have a good quality of life. Many families do not have the resources to improve the quality of life for their children and themselves. The project aims to solve their energy poverty problem, improve children's learning and playing environment, improve their quality of life, and inject hope into their lives. Therefore, IKEA and Caritas worked together to design four major projects - material donation, educational workshops, family visits and community education - the above goals should not only solve the short-term living difficulties of the beneficiary families, but also help them improve their ability to face energy poverty in the long term, as listed below:
IKEA will donate LED light bulbs, reading lamps, and cooling bedding to residents living in inadequately housed household, which not only helps families save electricity and energy, relieves discomfort in hot temperatures, and improves the quality of life.
Caritas works with different organizations to teach residents of inadequately housed household daily energy saving knowledge and eye protection knowledge.
IKEA and Caritas visit inadequately housed household and replace high-power-consuming lamps for them to reduce the burden of electricity bills.
IKEA and Caritas go into schools to educate students on the impact of climate change, energy conservation knowledge and eye protection knowledge.
Residents of inadequately housed household
Residents of inadequately housed household face various life challenges. The crowded living environment brings stress and imposes many restrictions on their lives.
Their living environment is very poor. Due to limited space, some people sleeps on bunk beds (commonly known as bunk beds). Children do homework and play in poor light and space conditions.
Changing to LED bulbs is an easy first step for a sustainable life.
Lighting is a vital part of every household, making our home safe, warm and comfortable. With close to 25% of the world’s energy consumption being used for lighting, IKEA aims to enable a more sustainable lifestyle by saving energy without sacrificing convenience. While slightly more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs last much longer and use considerably less electricity, which makes LED bulbs excellent value for its worth. Understanding these benefits, IKEA is committed to develop more good-looking,well-designed and unique LED lights, while keeping them affordable.
A LED bulb that consumes approximately 85% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 20 years.
We believe that a healthy and sustainable life is the right of everyone, not the preserve of a few. Everyone can play a part in protecting the earth and explore more IKEA sustainable living products to help you easily save electricity, water and reduce food waste at home.