Three ways to live more sustainably in Milton Keynes

Leading Swedish housebuilder Trivselhus is setting new standards with eco-friendly modern homes at Sommar Place in Broughton Gate.

We’re all aware of the need to protect our natural world. But for most of us, it can feel hard to know where to start.

Sweden has been leading the way in sustainability initiatives, including setting new standards for ecofriendly homes.

Leading Swedish housebuilder Trivselhus recently completed the Sommar Place development in Broughton Gate. We believe that sustainability starts at home. And more than that, it has to work for the way we really live.

Fortunately, there are several easy steps households can take to tread more lightly in our garden city…

1) CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

The Swedes have a concept called lagom, which roughly translates as ‘not too much and not too little’. It’s a way of living that promotes health and wellbeing by consuming just what you need, and avoiding the excess that leads to waste.

This doesn’t mean depriving yourself of life’s pleasures. Lagom is about considering what really brings you happiness and a better quality of life. It emphasises choosing items that give you pleasure and will last.

2) CHANGE THE WAY YOU USE ENERGY

Come snow or sunshine, everyone should feel comfortable and cosy at home. Smart tools can help you create the perfect setting, while reducing the amount of energy you use.

For example, instead of leaving the heating and lights on a timer, you can manage each room separately through your phone to be ready for you as soon as you walk through the door – and not a moment sooner.

3) REDUCE YOUR HEATING BILLS

A truly environmentally-friendly home has sustainability built into its walls.

With temperatures sinking as low as -30 °C each winter, domestic comfort in Sweden is a serious matter. Make sure your home is airtight and well insulated.

Trivselhus homes are built with the Climate Shield system that includes large, triple-glazed windows to capture sunlight and reduce heat loss.

Clever technologies keep fresh air circulating, while reducing homeowners’ energy bills to near-zero.

Find more tips on sustainable living online at sommarplace.com/sustainableliving

This feature was published in the August 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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