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IKEA Live Lagom
See how Live LAGOM is changing people's lives
The LIVE LAGOM project
A more sustainable life at home should be easy. It should make everyday life better and your home more beautiful. And it should be affordable enough so that we can all start right away. We know it’s possible and we want to prove it. That’s what the Live LAGOM project is all about. We are partnering with University of Surrey’s centre for environment and sustainability who are monitoring and evaluating the success of the project and Hubbub a charity dedicated to communicating sustainability issues to a mainstream audience. We have given gift vouchers to hundreds of customers, and co-workers to invest in IKEA products that would help them save energy, save water, reduce waste, and live a healthier lifestyle. We gave them ideas and advice, and via a Facebook group they were able to support and inspire each other. We then asked them to tell us how they got on throughout the year. See below to find out how they got on. And come back soon to find out how this year’s participants are living a kinder life at home.
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Isobel Harris – Edinburgh
"We also changed our recycling habits, it is so easy to do now, and I can't imagine why we were not more aware of what we were doing to harm the planet before"
"So now, three months into using the smart meter and the energy company contacted me to say they would need to lower my monthly payments to £43.72 ....yikes !!!!! Am I happy....you can bet your bottom dollar I am ! From £122 to £43.72 per month !!!"
"For us it has been as simple as the smallest shift in your default can make the biggest change/saving. It has been great to have all of us involved in the project, including our 4year who is now the ‘recycling monitor’! He even goes around to friends n family homes and either clears/sorts their stuff for them or educates them on how to recycle better. Another thing he does is to take into school a collection of items from our recycling tubs for junk modelling."
Food waste – Paid off student loan with savings made
First of all, I wanted to reduce food wastage and start cooking more. I have chosen new pans and plenty of storage boxes. I did it! I am incredibly proud of myself. I couldn’t make it cook it every day due to nature of my work and hobbies but I cooked minimum 3 x times a week and always put food into storage containers, so next morning it was so easy to just grab lunch to go to work! Sometimes, I just throw different things into my containers like berries, bread etc. thanks to small dividers, so I didn’t have to go and spend more money in shops!
Our home is brighter and more energy efficient thanks to switching all our lights to LEDARE LED bulbs, or LED lamps. Last June, we moved from a 5 roomed tiny house, to one with 8 larger rooms. Our energy bills are 60% of what we were paying in the smaller house. A comparison chart of our electricity use shows that since switching to LED lights in January, we are using around half of the national average.
The KLOCKIS timer has been a huge eye opener in the bathroom! By timing our showers, we save time getting ready, and reduce our water consumption.
You can save energy and water, create less waste, recycle more and live more healthily. But with busy lives and tight budgets it can be hard to know where to start. In these brochures, you can find out how to make small changes towards a kinder life at home.
Live LAGOM is a unique three-year project that
explores the challenges and benefits of a more
sustainable life at home. It gives IKEA customers
and co-workers the chance to test IKEA products
that help save energy and water, reduce waste and
promote a healthy lifestyle.