One Tonne Life

In an extraordinary display of brand collaboration, Sweden’s "One Tonne Life" project aims to enable a family of four to bring down their average carbon footprint of seven tonnes per person, per year, to just one tonne. "The One Tonne Life" project in Sweden, launched on January 19th 2011 has set out to prove, in an unprecedented fashion, that green living is easy, affordable and desirable. The Lindell family have been chosen to be a test family to show us how. 
House specialists A-hus, power supplier Vattenfall and Volvo Cars believe that with the right know-how, the right technology and confident, consistent behaviour it is possible for the Lindell family to approach the one-tonne target figure without departing significantly from their regular lifestyle or standard of living. Much of the technology and the solutions the family will use are already available to the general public or will be in the near future.
The Lindell family were chosen in tough competition with more than 50 other families, and they have now moved into the newly built “One Tonne Life” house on Älghagsstigen in Hässelby, just outside Stockholm. In the unique “One Tonne Life” project, dad Nils, mum Alicja and teenagers Hannah, 16, and Jonathan, 13, will try to live within the limits of one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year.
The big question is it possible for the average family to make a difference to our planet?  "One Tonne Life" is about the search for a carbon dioxide-lean lifestyle that does not require the Lindells to make any major departure from their established everyday lives.
The climate-smart house has been built by wooden house experts A-hus to plans drawn up by renowned architect
Gert Wingårdh. Happily, this technology-heavy home is not diminished by all the gadgetry. Wingårdh has managed to create an unexpectedly luxurious feeling of space inside.
The house’s volume is emphasised by its all-white pine cladded interior, flowing spaces and double height 7-metre stairwell, on a relatively modest 78 square metre footprint. It is, as Wingårdh says, “quite a huge space for a prefabricated, mass produced house.
Hannah was the first to spot the advert.
“It sounded really exciting. Who wouldn’t want to live in a climate-smart house with solar cells, green
electricity and an electric car in the driveway?” she asks animatedly.
The rest of the family immediately caught her enthusiasm.
ICA and Siemens are participating in “One Tonne Life” as industry partners. ICA is handling the family’s food requirements and will also help the family members make conscious choices that reduce their meals’ climate footprint.
Siemens has equipped the household with appliances of absolute world class in terms of low energy and water consumption. Siemens and ICA  are contributing their expertise on how the various family members can reduce climateimpact in connection with food shopping, cooking, washing-up and laundry.
The family is able to watch the amount of energy they are using through Smart technology
The Lindell family have left behind their two ageing cars for the brand new a battery-powered Volvo C30 Electric that is recharged using renewable energy
To follow the the Lindell's family progress and find out a lot more about the project, the house and how we can stop wasting energy in our own home  then you must visit One Tonne Life

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