The Swedish government has set a climate target of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. In an effort that proves this is entirely feasible, A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars together with their industry partners ICA and Siemens recently created the “One Tonne Life” project in Hässelby, near Stockholm, with a family group – the Lindells – as the subjects.
The project showed that living a climate-optimised lifestyle is also good for one’s private financial situation: the Lindell family members succeeded in reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by almost 80% (totalling 1,5 tonnes) and cutting their monthly living costs by almost 7% over the six month period.
This was done by exchanging their 1970s house and two 10-year-old cars for a newly built climate-optimised wooden villa from A-hus and a battery-powered Volvo C30 Electric. In addition, Vattenfall provided renewable electricity, advanced energy technology and energy coaching, while ICA and Siemens supplied products and expertise in the areas of food and household appliances.
“Our climate-smart life became cheaper thanks to a number of factors – some expected and some rather surprising. For instance, it turned out that our state-of-the-art refrigerator from Siemens not only pays for itself in the form of lower energy costs but also because it keeps food fresh for longer so there is less wastage. This alone has shown significant monthly savings,” says Nils Lindell.