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Swedish Efficiency (Part. 1) | Time nor energy wasted

Living day to day in Sweden I have noticed something extraordinary, at least from an Americans perspective. Efficiency, I’m obliged to compliment Sweden on this topic – here is a short list of just some of the things I have noticed: Appliance energy efficiency, Swedish recycling, the checkout process at the grocery store, renewable energy (wind turbinesHydroelectric power, amongst others.) This is important because Swedes almost naturally have become environmentally conscious and shun wasting energy and or time. This also shows that there are great benefits shared between humans living in this wonderful green country. As a result, Sweden and its cohabitants are healthier, more efficient, and are all working together to achieve something greater as one of the happiest places in the world.

One of the first things you spot as you descend through the gray winter Swedish skies are wind turbines, and for good reason. “The share of renewable electricity use is high in Sweden. Hydro, wind, and solar power together accounted for 49.8% of the electricity produced in the country in 2014 (when measured against national electricity consumption, however, this amount rises to 55.5%).”[1]  Yep, you read those numbers correctly, 49.8% of Sweden’s energy was renewable in 2014. What an amazing feat, I can’t wait to see the numbers for 2018 and beyond. Go ahead and do yourself a favor and go take a peak at the USA’s renewable energy rate: here. Further, it is my belief that humans as a whole should be working together to preserve our precious blue marble for future generations – we are parasites, and earth will correct itself of said parasites given the correct dire parameters.

Swedish Recycling Revolution

Swedes take their recycling very seriously, which I both respect and admire. “Swedes recycle nearly 100 per cent of their household waste. They even have to import waste to have something to burn, to turn waste into energy. A true recycling revolution.”[2] For example, in the house I am currently staying in they have 4 recycling categories: compost, glass, metal and rubbish. Personally, up until coming to Sweden, I had never recycled compost separately from rubbish. This shows just how amazing Swedes are at recycling compared to my old American recycling mentality. Overall, I am sad to have been so bad at recycling in the past but aim to join Sweden in their recycling revolution as I further integrate into Swedish society.

As boring as it might sound (and I promise it’s not) next time we will discuss appliance energy efficiency, the Swedish grocery store checkout process, transit and traffic system efficiency and much more!

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