Eco Friendly House

A Swedish family is taking on an ‘eco’ challenge for the next six months, and they’re trying to limit their carbon footprint in a study to outline the amount of power they use.

The Lindell family has moved into a carbon smart home in Haesselby. The project is aimed at limiting the the carbon output to one tonne of carbon dioxide per person per year.

The current ‘normal’ output is around six or seven tonnes a year.

Solar panels cover the roof for maximum power, where wind and hyrdo power will allow the Lindells the smaller comforts such as normal cooking and computer and electronics usage.

All power usage will be monitored to keep on top of their project goals, and to help with the carbon footprint the family has also received a fully electric car capable of 30,000 kms a year.

Eco-tips will be on stand-by for the family, even eating habits to make them more eco-friendly.

From Sky News .com.au

Eco Friendly House

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