Our sustainable home
Christophe and Raquel
This couple lives in a 65m2 apartment in Amadora, Portugal. They're both 33, they're designers and they want to have a more sustainable lifestyle. Christophe always takes his lunch to work, he's concerned about having a healthier lifestyle and he recently developed a liking for skateboarding. He also sells second-hand clothes. Raquel has African roots and she loves music and finding good opportunities for travelling. They're relaxed, fun people who love being with their friends and who want to save money at the end of the month, by saving electricity, separating waste and avoiding food waste.
Find out how this couple inspired us to create our sustainable home and find out how to save around 500€ a year.
See how this family saves 147€ a year on energy
In this home, using the solutions presented and suitable habits, there are annual savings of 147€ on electricity, corresponding to savings of 690kWh.
- Using the right rugs and curtains with lots of layers to improve heat insulation in your home. By reducing the need to use the heater for 1,5 hours a day, this family can save 58€ a year;
- By using LED bulbs instead of traditional incandescent light bulbs, you can save up to 85% on electricity. The LED lighting solutions used in this home provide annual savings of 72€ when compared to incandescent light bulbs;
Choosing efficient appliances, such as an induction hob instead of a glass ceramic hob, means you can heat things up faster (about 4 minutes faster) and use less energy at each meal. And that means the extractor hood is on for less time too. Using an induction hob instead of a glass ceramic hob brings annual savings of 17€.
This family saves 260€ a year on food
This family was able to cut down food waste by 1/5, corresponding to savings of 21,60€/month, or 260€/year, avoiding 150kg of food waste.
- By keeping fresh or dry food, either in the fridge or the pantry, in airtight, transparent food containers to preserve them but also so you can see them clearly and always know what you have at home and what you need to buy;
- Keeping leftovers in suitable containers that can go in the fridge, freezer and oven means you can have them for other meals at home or even when you're out;
- Buying unpackaged products and more often is another way of preventing waste and only buying what you need.
This family saves 58€ a year on heating.
By reducing the need to use the heater for 1,5 hours a day, this family can save 58€ a year.
- Making the bed to suit the season, adapting the materials to the outdoor temperature, contributes to increasing thermal comfort and reduces the need to use heating or cooling systems.
Bring nature into your home with natural materials
Materials like wood, cotton, bamboo and other natural fibres are attractive and comfortable and because they're renewable, they're sustainable too. If it's not just comfort you care about, but the origin of products too, this is the right choice because it ensures the renewal of natural resources.
This family saves 94€ a year on water
This family saves around 94€ a year on water, that's around 39m3 of water (78.000 half litre bottles).
- Using taps and showers with flow regulator mechanisms brings savings of 40% of water, without affecting water pressure, compared to taps without this mechanism. They can save around 34m3 of water per year, which means annual savings of 82€;
- Washing the dishes in the dishwasher instead of by hand corresponds to annual savings of 5m3 of water and 12,50€:
- Turning off the tap while you're washing your teeth or when lathering up in the shower;
- Using a container to hold the water that's wasted while you're waiting for it to heat up, then using it to water the plants, flush the toilet or for cleaning.