LIVING LAGOM – THE END??

I can’t believe it’s time to submit our last blog, we are at the end of our Live LAGOM project and it doesn’t feel like 6 months since we started!  What a fantastic experience it has been, we are so grateful that we were chosen to take part and would like to say Thank You for giving us such an amazing opportunity!

I think we spent the very generous £300 given to us, wisely….certainly we’ve put everything we purchased to good use.   I believe our purchases have helped us considerably with food waste, reducing our energy consumption and being more organised.

As of writing, we haven’t received an up to date energy bill so I’m unable to show a reduction in our energy usage which I had hoped to do.  As I mentioned in my last blog, our monthly energy direct debit HAD increased, however this was more to do with the winter months and the fact I’d come to the end of a MSE Collective Fix and there wasn’t a comparable tariff, I opted for the next best tariff but our monthly payment had still increased quite dramatically.  It’s not all about money tho’, I am quite confident that when our next bill does land, we will see a reduction in both electric and gas usage and that’s what’s most important I think.

We are continuing to use all of our purchases, with the exception of the Bellahare bottles.  They just didn’t work for us which was rather disappointing however I have purchased bottles elsewhere and touch wood, they are working well, so we are still keeping empty water bottles out of the recycling chain.

My TOP 3 purchases are:

  1. Storhogen battery charger and batteries,which has resulted in us not having to buy any single use batteries in the last 6 months!
  2. Kallax unit which has totally transformed my daughter’s bedroom, making it more organised and allows her to get her sewing machine out for small projects.
  3. Koppla adaptors which have 2 USB slots and 3 plugs, allows for better cable management and used with timer means we never charge items overnight any more.

I really enjoyed our first workshop on Cosy Homes/Save Energy, making a draught excluder with my daughter but unfortunately couldn’t make the second workshop due to other commitments.  It’s a shame there weren’t more workshops to attend, I thought there would be more as I’m sure there is so much more we could learn altho’ I’ve found the Live LAGOM Facebook page a great source of information and advice so not the end of the world.

I think that Live LAGOM would be great if it was opened up to schools….get children involved from an early age!  My children all attend Discovery School in Newcastle, a new STEM school and I think this project would be fantastic for them and other schools.  When we did our initial store visit  with my daughter, she was really impressed with the recycling and said that it would be the sort of thing her Product Design class would benefit from as they looked into sustainable packaging.  Perhaps this is something for the powers that be could look into, should the project go ahead for another year?

Going forward, we will continue to do what we have been doing for the last 6 months months, to be more aware of how our actions can not only impact our purses and wallets but also on our environment!

Going forward