Erika Puteikytė (8a Lithuania)
Life of my grandpa
Now I’m living in a world where there are a lot of electronics, in the
past wasn’t the same. The world has changed and the life became
easier. I was asking my grandfather about his life when he was young.
He told me that he lived in a city all the time so his life was easier than
people’s life in a village. Grandpa told me that he didn’t have a TV set,
but he liked to listen to the radio. His family had a washing machine,
but they didn’t have an iron. They used to iron clothes with a special
board and a mangle or used hot coal. My mum’s dad told that in the
city there wasn’t any store, just once or twice a week there came
some people who used to sell food. My grandpa had a bike, but him
family didn’t have a car.
He said that he didn’t need electronics in his past. He was happy that
he had a great family and lovely friends.
Greta Samušytė (8a Lithuania)
My grandma times people don’t have electricity. So they have
light of candle. But when born my mum everyone have
Grandma tell me: when we haven’t electricity everything was
more hard, cuss children’s back from school have fast do they
homework , cuss in field very fast get dark, and candle can’t
shine so well. We haven’t and water in house, we should go
out and draw water of well.
So I think now we can live very comfort, in house can have
everything what we want and everything what we need.
Laura Kričinaitė (8a Lithuania)
My grandmother is 70 years old. She lives near me. I go often to her and one
day we talked about it when she was young and on environment in which she grew
up. She told me that her childhood was very different from these times a healthy
environment without anyuser-friendliness and electronic equipment. Consume
more energy, her time was not a computer, television, even for such things would have
been time for every day work and to help parents. Evenings after work did not therefore
applied lamps oil lamps. There was no shower, swam in poor conditions is not as we are
now. House heat ovens to create well received and we usually use electricalappliances.
When asked whether she sort of rubbish she laughed merrily at that
time even thought about it was, but now we sort rubbish and recycle. We ventilate the
room every night for a very high temperature rises in the use of electronic devices. His
grandmother's house to store heat because it was difficult to heat the house. About e-
kettle might not know anything and we spent a lot of use ofelectricity. My grandmother's life was
very different from our present. When asked about the power saving inferring that you really live
in a healthy, safe environment to save a lot of electricity. We are surrounded around
the energy that undermine the land and us. Use morepower when using a computer,
television household appliances, electric heaters. Maybe they did not know what will
happen when old age, they knew that they would be such an invention he
had lived and enjoyed and that we ourselves do not know what will happen in the future.
Viktorija Krakauskaitė (8a Lithuania)
My parents write electricity down, but my grandparents didin’t write
it.My parents always use a washing machine completely full,but my
grandparents didin’t have any.They washed their closhes by hands.My
parents use compact fluorescent light bulbs, but my grandparents
didin’t become there were no nice at shat time.My parets close
windows at night and my grandparents too.My parents put the lid on
the kitchen pot when boiling, but only become they use Zepter pots.
My parets didn’t often defrost the freezer and my grandparets too.
My parents do not use running water for washing up and my
grandparets too. My parents didin’t take a shower rather than a bath
and my grandparets too. My parents go on foot or by bike to school
and work and my grandparents too. My parents repair things rather
than replace them and my grandparents too.
Karolis Pūkas (8a Lithuania)
My grandparents saved energy by using energy-
saving light bulbs, refrigerators freezers ...
Grandparents are rarely used: oven, microwave
oven and the grill.
Aušrinė Malinauskaitė (8a Lithuania)
I have asked my parents and grandparents how had they saved the
electricity while being young. My parents and grandparent didn‘t
register the uptake of electric energy because an accounting of
electricity was relevant that time. For my grandparents it was an
innovation. Nowdays, we economize the electricity because it is the
main part of family expenditure.
My parents and grandparents used to switch off the light and used to
close windows. They have never put the furniture in front of the
The generation of my grandparents didn‘t have neither bulbs that save
the energy nor computers or TV sets. That‘s why the regime of duty
was not known for them.
These generations are very different in order to compare them.
Augustė Grinkevičiūtė (8a Lithuania)
My parents often defrosts freezer, use kettle when
boil water, take shower rather than a bath, close
windows at night, and our home appliances are
My grandparents do not defrost freezer, they use
kettle when boiling water, take just shower, close
windows at night and their home appliances aren’t
It looks like my family saves energy more than my
Aidas Mickevičius 8a (Lithuania)
• I interviewed my parents and grandparents about how they used
energy at home when they were young like me.
• So my parents and grandparents didn’t write electrical. My parents
didn’t often defrost the freezer and my grandparents too. Also my
grandparents didn’t have any washing machines. They washed their
clothes by hands and my parents always use a washing machines
completely full. My parents close windows at night and my
grandparents too. my parents do not use running water for washing
up and my grandparents too. my parents didn’t take a shower
rather than a bath and my grandparents too. my parents repair
things rather than replace them and grandparents too. my parents
go on foot or bike to school and work. My parents use compact
fluorescent light bulbs, but my grandparents didn’t because there
were no fluorescent bulbs at that time. So my grandparents live
when they were young without any electrical devices but my parent
and me live in Twenty-first Century. Century of new technologies.
Martyna Spūdytė (8b Lithuania)
• I asked these questions to my parents and grandparents and they answer are:
• 1. My parents and grandparents write electrical use in the electricity book.
• 2. When my parents and my grandparents left the room, they turned off the lights.
• 3. My parents and my grandparents didn’t have the freezer in a cool room when
they were young.
• 4. No, they didn’t used the compact fluorescent light bulbs.
• 5. My parents and grandparents ventilate the room quickly and effectively and
only for a few minutes each time.
• 6. Yes, they closed the windows at the night.
• 7. Yes, they defrost the freezer a few minutes.
• 8. When they were young they go to school on foot, sometimes by car.
• 9. No, they didn’t do it, because when they were young every think was cheap.
• 10. No, they didn’t do it.
Aistė Kurmilevičiūtė (8b Lithuania)
• I asked the questions to my grandparents and parents and they answer:
• They turn the light, when they leave the room.
• They close the windows at night.
• They do not used running water for washing up.
• They used a bath.
• They don’t recycle glass, paper ant metal.
• They use a kettle, when they boil water.
• They often defrost the freezer.
• They write down electrical use.
• They do not place furniture in front of the heater.
• They lower the temperature at home when they go out.
I talked to my parents and grandmother this week. I ask my grandmother by phone, first she not
understand, why I ask the questions, but she answered all questions. My mother likes these tasks,
she answered to all questions !
Agnė Miškelevičiūtė (8b Lithuania)
I asked my parents and grandparens about Energy saving at home.
They say that they write down our electrical use, when they leave the
room, they turned off the lights. My parents used compact fluorescent
light bulbs, but grandparents didn‘t. My parents close windows at
night. Sometimes they buy goods that only can be used once. My
parents not go on foot or by bike to work. We don‘t often defrost the
freezer. My parents and grandparents take a shower rather than a
bath. We don‘t recycle glass, paper and metal. We lower the
temperature at home when we go out. My parents and grandparents
ventilate the room quickly and effectively and only for a few minutes
Raminta Račiūtė (8b Lithuania)
I interviewed my parents and my grandparents about they said:
My parents wrote down their electrical use and they turned off the light
when they left. The refrigerator stood in the corridor, no in a cool room, and
they often defrosted the freezer. They used compact fluorescent light bulbs
only in the kitchen. They closed windows at night. They went by bus to school
because the school was in the next town. They turned off the stove when
they went out and at the night. They didn't recycle!
My grandparents didn't wrote their electrical use but they turned off the light
when they left. They didn't have the refrigerator and freezer. They didn't
used compact fluorescent lhight bulbs at home. They closed windows at
night. They went on foot to work. They turned off the stove when they went
out and at the night. They didn't recycle!
And now there are many differencies, for example we have the refrigerator in
a cool room, we have heating , and now we recycle, and the rest it's the
Mindaugas Stadalius (8b Lithuania)
I did an interview with my parents and grandmother about what
they did when they were 15 years old. All of they were turning
lights when they left, now we sometimes did it too. Everybody
were closing windows at night. My parents and grandparents
were using running water for washing up. Everybody gone to
school on foot. They weren’t recycle glass, paper and metal.
Now we do everything different. Because the world is changing.
Ainoras Žukauskas (7b Lithuania)
My parents and my grandparents try not to use much of the energy but after
interviewing them I finally found out who actually use a bit more energy, by
asking a few questions, so let’s see:
My parents always write down their electrical use, but my grandparents write
down their electrical use as well, so it’s pretty much even.
The parents turn off the lights most off the times, but not always and as for
the grandparents, they always turn off the lights before they leave the room.
My parents don’t defrost the freezer but my grandparents do.
What’s more, my grandparents never recycle the trash because they don’t
think it’s very important, but my parents almost always try to recycle the
The computer and the TV in my family are often left standby, but my
grandparents almost never leave the TV on standby and they don’t have a
Dovilė Samušytė (7b Lithuania)
I asked my parents and grandparens about Energy saving at home.
My parents and grandparents write electrical use, because we can see
how much electricity we have used. Parents and grandparents turn off
the lights when they leave the room. My grandparents close windows
at home, but my parents don‘t. My grandparents go to work on foot or
by bike, but my parents use cars. My grandparents use compact
fluorescent light bulbs, and repair things rather than replace them, but
my parents don‘t do that. We do not recycle glass, paper and metal
but we try to sort them. My parents do not buy goods that can be used
only once, but grandparents do.
So, I think my grandparents save energy more than my parents.
Paula Kubiliūtė (7b Lithuania)
Energy use at home , our Parents ang
I asked my parents and grandparents if they
save electricity. All of them said that they do.
But only my parents use energy-saving light
bulbs. My grandparents try not to waste
electrical energy by turning the light off when
they leave the room.
Greta Akelaitytė (7b Lithuania)
I asked my parents and grandparents about energy
savings at home, when they were of my age.
My parents said that they used to write down the
electrical use, but my grandparents didn’t. After leaving
the room they turned the lights off. What is more, when
they were of my age they didn’t use compact fluorescent
light bulbs. I think that they didn’t have them.
They also said that they didn’t close the windows, when
it’s too hot in the room in summer, but when it’s cold
outside my parents and grandparents ventilate the room
quickly and effectively and only a few minutes each time.
Ingrida Stanulevičiūte (7B Lithuania)
• I asked my parents and grandparents how they save
• So, my grandparents write down electrical use, turn off
the light when they leave the room, take a shower
rather than a bath, and do not leave the computer on.
• My parents don’t write down electrical use, they turn
off the light when they leave the room, they don’t take
a shower rather than a bath, and they leave the
computer on standby.
• I think my grandparents save energy more than my
Davidas Hakobyan (7b Lithuania)
• My grandparents save more energy than my
• My parents watch TV every day, but my
grandparents save the energy and don’t watch
TV all the time. When my parent leave the
house they leave the lights on, but my
grandparents turn off the lights all the time. In
all these years I haven’t seen that they would
leave the lights on.
Vaida Plečkaitytė (7b Lithuania)
I asked my parents and grandparents about energy saving at
They said that they write down the electrical use. My parents
used to recycle glass, paper and metal, but grandparents
didn‘t. My parents and grandparents close windows at night.
We often defrost the freezer. My parents and grandparents
take a shower rather than a bath. We lower the temperature
at home when we go out. My parents and grandparents turn
off the light when they leave. The washing machine is always
completely full when we use it. We don‘t go on food or by
bike to school and work, but we use our car. We do not leave
the computer, the TV, etc. on standby.
So, I think my parents save more energy than my
Grandparents and parents Energy saving?
By Nuria Graham Eguzquiza (4c)
I had a chat with my dad and my Grandpa last Saturday on the telephone talking about
energy when they were young. Things were really different and they didn’t have lots of
electricity at home. For example, my dad’s family never had a telephone, and no heater…
Now we live in a society where we have even too much electric stuff at home and this is bad
for the Earth.
I asked them a few questions. My grandparents and my parents when they were young had
a shower rather than a bath, because it was handier, easier, faster. When my grandpa was
young, they didn’t even have a shower normally, they just washed themselves.
They didn’t really recycle, but since a very long time they do.
They didn’t low the temperature at night because basically they didn’t have anything to
make the house warmer, so it was always cold.
They did use a kettle to boil the water.
They didn’t leave the computer on standby because they didn’t have a computer of course,
and they don’t remember if they left the television on standby.
They closed the windows at night because it was freezing outside, because in Ireland it is
always raining so it’s for crazy people to leave the window open to sleep.
They didn’t place furniture on top of the heater.. because they didn’t have a heater, as I said.
So with this, we can see things were really different , and it is a bit difficult to compare with
That’s all I asked my grandpa, and my dad too.
Our parents and grandparents
by Karolina Dyksik (4a)
I did an interview with my parents and grandmother about
what they did when they were 15 years old.
All of them turned the lights off when they left, now we dod
it too. Only my grandmother and my father ventilated the
room quickly and effectively for a few minutes. Everybody
closed the windows at night (except in summer). My mother
and grandmother didn’t use running water for washing up,
my father didn’t use running water, either. Nobody took
shower rather a bath because, they didn’t have a shower.
Everybody went to school on foot, and they lowered the
temperature at home when they went out. They didn’t
recycle glass, paper and metal. Only my grandmother bought
things that coud be used once. They repaired things rather
than replace them
• Now we do the majority of these thinks even though now
everything is different.
Nil Sala (4a)
I asked 10 questions my parents and grandparents about the use of
energy at home.
• They answered these questions about when they were young:
• 1 My parents and grandparents wrote down our electrical use.
• 2 My parents and grandparents turned off the light when we leave.
• 8 My parents and grandparents closed window at night.
• 10 My parents and grandparents didn’t defrost the freezer.
• 13 My parents and grandparents took a shower rather than a bath.
• 14 My parents and grandparents went foot to school and work.
• 15 My parents and grandparents lowered the temperature at home
when they go out.
• 16 My parents and grandparents lowered the temperature at home at
• 17 My parents and grandparents didn’t recycled glass, paper and metal.
• 20 My parents and grandparents didn’t leave the TV on standby.
Dani de José (4b)
I asked my parents about how they used energy at home. I gave them a questions, here there
are the answers.
• They answered these questions about when they were young.
• My parents and my grandparents wrote down our electric use.
• My parents and my grandparents turned off the lights when they leave.
• My parents and my grandparents had the refrigerator in a cool room.
• My parents used compact fluorescent light bulbs, but my grandparents didn't use them.
• My parents and my grandparents closed windows at night.
• My parents and my grandparents didn't defrost the freezer.
• My parents and my grandparents didn't have their home appliances label A.
• My parents and my grandparents took a shower rather than a bath.
• My parents and my grandparents didn't recycle glass, paper and metal.
• My parents and my grandparents went on foot or bike to school and work.
• My parents and my grandparents didn't use running water for washing up.
• I do the same things as my parents and grandparents, except for questions number six,
number eight and number ten.
• I often defrost the freezer and my parents and my grandparents didn't do it.
• I usually have bath because it's more relaxing and my parents and my grandparents took a
shower rather than a bath.
• I go to school by motorbike and my parents and my grandparents went to school by foot.
OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
by Joan Dorca (4b)
• My parents and grandparents answered this questionnaire about when they
• My parents and grandparents wrote down their electrical use.
• They used to turn off the light when they left.
• In the two houses the refrigerator did not stand in a cool room.
• My grandparents repaired things, but my parents replaced them.
• My parents used to leave the computer and the TV on standby and my parents
used to turn it off.
• Only my grandparents used a kettle when they boiled the water.
• My parents and grandparents never defrosted the freezer.
• In the two houses they closed windows at night.
• My parents used to use more compact fluorescent light bulbs.
• My grand parents used to waste more time to ventilate the room than my
• My parents and grandparents put the kitchen pot when boiling.
• I usually do the same things in the questionnaire as my parents, except the
• I sometimes defrost the freezer
INTERVIEW TO MY GRANDS AND PARENTS
by Fiona Bagaria (4b)
• * My mum, when she was 16 years old, turned off the light when she left,
• and the washing machine was always completely full when she used it in the room.
• She closed windows at night and she often defrosted the freezer.
• My mother took a shower rather than a bath and she went on foot or bike to school
and work. She didn’t lower the temperature at home at night and she repaired things
rather than replace them.
• * My dad when he was 16 years old turned off the light when he left,
• and the washing machine was always completely full when he used it in the room.
• He closed windows at night and he often defrosted the freezer.
• My father took a shower rather than a bath and he went on foot or bike to school
and worked. He didn’t lower the temperature at home at night and he repaired
things rather than replace them.
• * My grandfather when he was 16 years old turned off the light when he left, and the
washing machine was always completely full when he used it in the room, because
there was not heating.
• He closed windows at night and he didn’t often defrosted the freezer.
• My grandfather and didn’t on foot or bike to school and worked.
• He lowered the temperature at home when he went out because there was not
heating and he repaired things rather than replace them.
My grandmother's saving traditions
by Aina Márquez (4c)
• My grandmother is now seventy-two years old. She lived in a farm in the fields of the southern
Spain when she was a little girl, so she grew up with a strong environmental conscience because of
the connection they had with the Earth around them.
• The first thing she told me was they didn't use electric light. The kitchen was an “economic” one,
that means it worked with coal or wood. They also cleaned the clothes or the dishes in an
ecological way, without washing machines or things like that. So all the questions about home
appliances were simply “we didn't have any”. She told me they really didn't need those things,
because the rhythm of their life was not as today. She says they were more patient and calm!
About leaving TV on standby... well, when she saw the first TV, she was over 20 years old and it
was a rare case...
• Inside of the farm they didn't have local heating. In the south of Spain winters are not very cold,
but for example all the kids slept in the same bed to get warmer. They also made the home life on
the first floor of the house and had the stables on the ground floor, so the animals temperature
heated all the house. The only heating they used was the “brasero” a brazier, put under the tables
where they sat around.
• About showers or baths, they never took showers, but they reused the water from the bath twice
or three times. (Now it sounds a bit disgusting, but she told me they made turns, so everyone got a
nice bath minimum once a week.). Maybe that's why they didn't have skin problems as we do now.
• Of course they repaired things rather than replace them. They didn't recycle much but there was
no need to; all the tin and the glass had thousands of uses. Jam pots and tin cans were filled again
and again. They repaired everything they had; mechanical tools weren't as complicated as ours!
• Maybe some of you may think their life was quite medieval. No electricity, no TV, no shower!!!...
but for them was their life, I think more ecological than ours now. They simply respected the Earth,
because it was the only way for them to survive. If they treat her with love, she would pay them in
Cristina Falgueras (4c)
• I interviewed my parents and my grandmother and I think
that now we do more things to save energy.
• Before, when they were my age they didn't recycle the glass,
the paper, the metal and the rubbish. They weren't
conscious that it would be a problem.
• They turned the lights off when they left the house, but they
didn't lower the temperature, except when they left the
house for some days.
• They didn't have a washing machine so they did the washing
up by hand.
• I think that now we are more conscious about the global
warming, and we do more things to have a better planet and
take care of the environment.
INTERVIEW TO MY PARENTS AND
GRANDPARENTS ABOUT ENERGY USE
by Aina Portell (4c)
• I interviewed my parents and my grandparents about they said:
• My parents wrote down their electrical use and they turned off the
light when they left. The refrigerator stood in the corridor, not in a
cool room, and they often defrosted the freezer. They used compact
fluorescent light bulbs only in the kitchen. They closed windows at
night. They went by bus to school because the school was in the next
town. They turned off the stove when they went out and at the
night. They didn't recycle!
• My grandparents didn't write their electrical use but they turned off
the light when they left. They didn't have the refrigerator and
freezer. They didn't use compact fluorescent light bulbs at home.
They closed windows at night. They went on foot to work. They
turned off the stove when they went out and at the night. They
• And now there are many differences, for example we have the
refrigerator in a cool room, we have heating , and now we recycle,
and the rest it's the same.
AN INTERVIEW TO MY PARENTS
by Adrià Noguera (4c)
• My parents when they were young, they turned off the light
when they left the room, and they didn't have the
refrigerator in a cool room. They didn't use to use
• They used to close the windows at night, only in winter and
in the summer they used to open the window.
• My parents took a shower rather than a bath, and they went
at school on foot.
• They recycled glass, paper, and metal.
• Now, I do the same except these things: I don't recycle glass,
paper, and metal, and I sometimes leave the computer and
the television on standby.
OUR PARENTS AND GRANPARENTS
by Adrià Guinovart (4a)
• I interviewed my parents and my grandparents
when they were 15 years old they think they closed
windows at night they recycled glass, paper and
metal, they turned off the light when they left, but
did not use running water of washing up, took a
shower rather than a bath and they did not leave
the computer, the TV etc on standby. They didn't go
on foot or by bike to school and work, they didn't
lower the temperature at home at night and didn't
lower the temperature at home when they went
• I do the same thing my parents except writing down
our electrical use.
Albert Sarrat (4b)
• I asked some questions to my parents and grandparents and
their answers were:
• 1.My parents used to write the books with electricity
• 2.When my parents and my grandparents, when they left a
room, turned off the lights
• 3.My parents and my grandparents didn’t have the freezer
in a cool room
• 4.No, they didn’t use the compact fluorescent light bulbs
• 5.My parents ventilated the rooms sometimes but my
grandparents didn’t do it
• 6.My parents and my grand parents closed the windows at
• 7.They defrosted a few times the freezer
• 8.My grandparents went on foot at school and my parents
sometimes by car and sometimes on foot.
Talking to grandparents
energy and recycling in Sweden -
now and then
Fixing and repairing
When my grandparents were young they very rarely bought new “stuff”. They tried to fix their
things as much as possible. But when they finally had to buy new things they bought only the
things that would last a very long time. They simply didn’t have the money to buy unnecessary
When I asked them about what the biggest difference from when they were young and today,
they said that it probably was all the modern things. Simple things as the indoor toilet, washing
I also asked them if they are happy about how our society is today, compared to how it was in
the old days. They agreed that many things have changed to the better, but that a lot was better
when they were young. Because, even though they didn’t have any proper toys, phones,
computers or anything like that, the fellowship was better. They didn’t need Face book, Twitter
and etc. to communicate with each other. They just went out with their friends and had a
blast :P .
Interview with my grandparents by André Mateo
I asked my grandparents what kind oh heating system they used and what they needed
electricity for. Both of them had different answers. My grandfather, who had it little worse
than my grandmother when he was young, told me that they used to have one or two fotogen
stoves that everyone gathered around. My grandmother on the other hand had maybe five or
six spread all around her home, which kept it warm and cosy during wintertime.
Electricity was something they couldn’t take for granted and waste however they wanted.
They only used it for lighting and cooking stoves.
Recycling was not something that you took seriously back in the old days, my grandfather
said. Why should you waste your time recycling when you instead could do more important
things. That’s what they thought about recycling.
But today they can proudly say that they recycle more than before and that they were so
wrong about not recycling at first.
Interview with your grandparents by Sanna Baggesen
When my grandmother was young, she and her family used central heating as heating system.
They used electricity for fridge, lighting lamps and vacuum cleaner. Daily, they used their
lamps and the fridge. My grandmother didn’t really think about recycling. But in a way, all
the pupils collected all of the newspaper from the houses and left them at the recycling
Today, my grandmother recycles much more. But maybe you can say that it is no difference.
Because when she was young, they fixed things instead of buying new for examples tools,
toys, clothes and other things.
In my grandmothers opinion there are many differences from when she was young and today.
Now, we buy more clothes and stuffs. We eat more food and use the car a whole lot more. We
also travel much more than they did back in those days.
An Interview with my father by Agnes Lundahl
I couldn´t interview my grandparents, they didn´t answer their phone. So I interviewed my
I will tell about my father’s view on energy saving and recycling. When he was young he didn
´t think about energy saving and recycling as much. First of all, he told me that energy was
quite cheap. People didn´t see it as a limited resource. But today people are much more
aware of the importance of taking care of the environment, including him. As young he
recycled paper and glass at a recycling station. But today, he does it much more than before.
He fixed his things quite often instead of buying new things and he is actually still good at
that. Daily my father used: stove, refrigerator, television and things like that! His family
needed energy for that kind of things, for lights, washing machine, dishwasher, television,
stove and the refrigerator. They had a central heating system with an oil heated furnace as
I asked him what he thinks about recycling and energy saving. Also what he does for the
environment. He answered that he does quite a lot for the environment. Our house is well
insulated, and we have installed a heat pump. My father works as a pilot, and he said that
he does his best to save as much fuel as he can. He thinks that it´s very important to recycle
and save energy, all of us depend on saving the environment.
An Interview with my grandmother
by Josefine Berg
Energy at home
I have interviewed my grandmother about her electricity in her house, and the differences
today and when she was young.
When my grandmother was young, they didn't have any heaters. So they heated in wood
stoves so it could be warm in the house. They also cooked in the wood stoves. There was no
electrity at all, so when they needed lights they used kerosene lamps.
My grandmother was ten years old when her family got electricity.
When she was young they didn't recycle at all, but today she thinks it's very
important for the environment. She recycles everything. She has containers outside
her house where she puts everything like carton, papers, glas and stuff like that.
Fixing and repairing
When something has broken she always tries to fix it, and not buying new stuff all the time.
If there is a small hole in a shirt she tries to sew it. But if there is a big hole and nothing to
do about it, sometimes she uses it for other things instead of throwing it.
I asked my grandmother what she thinks is the biggest difference from when she was
young and today. She answered like this:
It's very very big differences. You turn on a button and then you have lights. We have
freezer and refrigerator. Everything is made by electricity today. And I think that it's a lot
better now than before. Much more convenient.
An interview with my grandmother by Jonathan Westin
When my grandmother was my age she had a wood boiler in the basement to heat the
whole house and the water in all the wires. They used big wooden clamps as fuel in the
wood boiler. She has always had electricity as far as she can remember.
She lived in the countryside at a farm so they didn't recycle so much. They used to burn all
their garbage and the heavy garbage like plate and stuff like they just put in a big pile behind
the house. All the organic trash they mixed with flour and water to feed the pigs. Today she
sorts all her garbage and all the organic trash she puts in a special place so it can be used for
biofuel in busses. She thinks it's very important to recycle.
When something breaks she always tries to fix it if she can manage. She thinks it's very
annoying when something breaks and can't be fixed.
The biggest change from when she was little is all the mechanic devices that you have today,
Grandmother by Henrik Österlind
My grandmother only had a wood-heated boiler then they had an oil-heated boiler in the
fifties. It was a big change for them, then they did not have to get up every morning and
start the fire in the boiler. They used electricity to the refrigerator, freezer, washing
machine, lights and tv just like today, but all our machines were not pulling power in
standby. Today she thinks it’s crazy with all machines on standby.
When my dad was in my age they had coffee maker, iron, tv which that used daily. They
had a big garbage sack where they threw everything. Garden waste they burned in the
garden. They recycled less then today. They repaired the most part. She does not think
there are many who can repair their socks today as we did. Today the kids have more toys
then they had when I was kid.
My grandparents by Petter Sellström
I asked my grandparents how it was regarding electricity when they were in my age, fifteen
My grandfather was born 1941 and he lived a couple kilometres outside Trelleborg in a
village called Gislöv Läge. He was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. He had lights
in the house but he had to turn them of f when he left the room because the electricity was so
expensive. His mom washed once a week with soap and often cold water. The kids weren't
inside playing on the computer, instead they were outside playing with each other.
There was no outdoor lights on the houses at all, not even in the streets. They cooked their
food on an electric stove or on the ironstove heated with wooden pieces.
His school ended when he had finished the seventh grade (13 years old) and then he started
to work in a hardware store as a delivery boy. When he was 19 the first TV came to their
My grandmother was born in 1945 and lived in the city of Trelleborg. They had outdoor
lights both on the houses and in the streets. They washed their cloths in a “brewing- house”
in the yard, there they had a big pot which they heated with fire. As she was living in the
city they had gas to the stove.
She went to school to ninth grade then applied to a school called “Real skolan”, there she
studied for two years. After that she worked for three months at Trelleborg's hospital, then
she took a lab course in Lund. After the course she went back to work at Trelleborg's
hospital to work in the laboratory.
My grandmother said
My family used a water based heating system fed by burning wood in a boiler placed in the
basement. She lived in central part of Sweden were the winter temperature sometimes
reached below -30 degrees. So it could get quite cold in the winter.We used electricity for
light. But the refrigirater was cooled by ice, harvested from a nearby lake and stored under a
thick layer of hay during the summer.
Recycling as we use the word now was not known at that time, but we repaired and reused
our things a lot more than is common nowdays. For example, we always saved every glass
container for preparing and storing cooked vegetables, berries and other food products.
Nowdays, we are very good in sorting our garbage. But for sure, we through a lot more
things today than we did when I was a child. As I said before we tried to fix the broken
things but of course sometimes we had to buy new things. One of the major differences
compared to when I was a child is that the young generation can travel to other countries so
easily. I was reading books about foreign countries and dreamt about the tropics but the most
distant country I visited was Norway!
By, Ella Bensch 9A.
Interview with my grandmother Gudrun, 78
When I was a kid about 70 years ago we didn’t have heaters at all. Instead we had stoves in
every single room to heat up the house. It was not electric stoves, it was so called aga-stoves
which you had charcoal as fuel.
We didn’t ever think about the environment or recycling at all. We dumped all of our
garbage in the same garbage can. Nobody thought about recycling 70 years ago. Nowadays
we recycle almost everything we throw away. So to compare with when I was a child it’s a
When things and stuff were broken we most often bought a new thing instead of repair it.
The only thing we always repaired ourselves was shoes. My father was a shoemaker when he
was young so he was good at taking care of shoes. I lived on a farm so we wouldn’t be
forced to buy all of our food from stores. The most of the food we got from our own. At
Christmas, we didn’t buy anything. That is pretty unbelievable if you would try to manage
Anyway, in my opinion the biggest difference was the consumption of electricity. As I told
you before the only used electricity for the radio and for lights.
By Fredrik Tånnander 9a, Sweden
Recycling by Ellen Strömbeck
I have interview my grandfather. When he was young they warmed up the house
with oil. He needed electricity for almost the same things as now. For example did
they use the freezer, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, the radio and an electric
train. They got the dishwasher when he was about 15 years old, but the radio did
they use a lot!
They didn't think about recycling in the same way that they do today. The milk came
in glasbottles and you didn't trow them away, in short there weren't that much
package and garbage that we have today. The newspapers were the only thing that
they recycled. Today he recycle much more. He never throw any food away
nowadays. If something was broken they tried to fix it. A couple of times every year
a lady came to their house to fix broken clothes.
The biggest different from when he was young and today is that they didn't think
about recycling or the enviroment as much as we do today. The house was warmed
up with oil, and that's not good. They used the energy that they needed and that
was it. But they couldn't choose in the same way as we can today. Like for example
today you can buy organic products if you want to. Back then you just hade one
Interview with my grandfather by Carl Harris
My grandfather had stoves filled with charcoal around the house that kept his family warm in
the late autumns , early springs and cold winters. It was his duty to take care of the stoves in
his family, it took him an hour to bring in the charcoal and light the stoves every time.
His family used energy for the newly invented refrigerator, that their dad had gotten for them
when he was in the United states he also used energy for light bulbs. They were the only
people that owned a refrigerator in their village at that time.
His father bought him a new radio when my grandfather began to study at the school Spyken.
Since he used it daily he had to bring it home and charge it everyday. Sweden was very strict
with rules and laws regarding lights under the WW2. So whenever you left your house in the
evenings you had to bring flashlights with you beacause there was no street lights turned on.
There were no cartons at his youth. Instead you used cans and buckets to bring home milk for
example. Instead of recycling you just put everything in a huge stack. Today my grandfather
recycles nearly everything and tries to help the environment as much as he can. he is also a
coperative owner of a giant dump called Måsalycke outside Simrishamn. Måsalycke is the
only place that takes care of garbage in Simrishamn's and Tomelilla's municipality.
Our family still owns the furniture store that my grandfather's grandfather started in his
early days. Whenever my grandfather was in need of a repair on any of his toys or
clothes, he would simply visit his grandfathers furniture store. Once there he repaired his
broken toys or clothes in their backyard where there was a little workshop. His family
were too poor to afford new stuff all the time.
Energy at home:
My grandmother and her parents used a cooking stove in the kitchen and a pan in the celler
to warm up the house. Her father went out and cut trees, to wooden cubes that were used as
fuel to the pan. Both my grandmother and grandfather lived under the second world war
and they had blackout curtains, so the Germans battle planes couldent se lights in the
window. In her house there was only one lamp, in the kitchen no were else. They had a
radio in the kitchen as well, the iron was used by warming water and then poured it into the
iron. They didn’t had tap water , outside there was a water pump. If they wanted to bath,
they had to do it in a tub but when she turned 12 years they bought a real tub. My
grandfather lived a bit different, they had an outdoor toilet, and a well to crank up the
My grandparents and their families didn’t recycle anything, I don’t think people though so
much about things like recycle back then.
Repair: My grandmothers mother bought fabric and sewed clothes to the family, my
grandmother did the same when she had her own family , she sewed clothes, like little
dresses and shirts and bathrobes to my mother and her sister, they bought things like jackets
Interview with my grandmother by Elin Vilhelmsson
I talked with my grandmother about how they used energy when she was my age. Her
family heated up their house with a fireplace and firewood stove, with coal and wood.
They only used electricity for lightning and a radio. They didn’t have a refrigerator. When
she was a kid, no one did any recycling. Instead they put it in the fireplace and burned it.
The things they couldn’t burn, they threw together. When things broke they repaired
them and used them again. It was very unusual that they threw it away and replaced it. It
was only when they couldn’t repair it anymore.
Today my grandmother recycles everything and she thinks that it´s a very big difference
on how we use energy and for what things, compared to when she was young.
Interview with my mother.
What kind if heating system did you have when you were young?
Oiltank and stove.
What did you need electricity for?
Make food and have the lights on.
What kind of electricity equipment did you have and witch did you use daily?
Same as today, but not computers.
Did you think about recycling?
No, we doesn’t cared.
What did you recycle and how?
We recycle magazines, I don’t remember how.
Do you recycle more or less today?
Did you fix things that were broken instead of buying new?
We fixed everything.
Interview with my grandparents
I interviewed both of my grandparents and their answers did not differ much. I asked them if
they used to recycle when they were young. Their answers were that the things you recycle
now, for example paper, glass and general waste you did not recycle back then, but instead of
buying new clothes when they broke you tried to repair them as much as possible which I do
not think a lot of people do any more. In today’s society recycling is more spoken about and
people seem to take it more seriously than they used to, probably because global warming is
also a lot more talked about.
I asked them if they had a heating system when they were younger. They told me that they
did have a kind of heating system which was a coal fire but it was no were near as good as
the heating system they have today. Today they have central heating which means they have
a boiler and radiators to warm the house up.
They needed electricity for their radio, iron, washing machine and for their television.
They both think the major differences are that instead of people having to buy second hand
clothes most people can now afford brand new clothes. The different heating systems are a
big change from when they were young. Everyone has colour TV instead of black and white,
there are considerably more than two channels to choose from and instead of having to get up
and press the button on the television we now have remote controls to change the channels
Nicole Mårtensson 9B
Interview with grand parents
After talking with my grandmother about how they saved energy, or what they
used electricity for, I noticed that it wasn’t a very big difference from what we
do today. When my grandmother was young, she lived in Croatia. They only
had an open fire place as a heating system and they used electricity for all basic
things that we use electricity for today. For example lights, fridge, freezer and
One thing that’s kind of new, and that we are much better at then the people that
lived in the early 20th
century, is recycling. She told me that they didn’t recycle
at all! She said that she started recycling when she came to Sweden, at 1992. I
think that Sweden is a very good country when we talk about recycling, and
thinking about the environment.
Energi now and then.
We know how it is now with energy an recycling now , but we don’t know how it
was then , when our grandparents lived I 70’s and 80’s.
the power station , They used electricity for a living , for example : they used lights
, vacuum cleaner , water heaters , washing machine and so on . They didn’t recycles
so much then but still they gave clothes to some other I hey didn’t needed ,
sometimes they recovered plastic bottles and glass but not very often. If there was
something broken they didn’t throw up this , they repaired the broken things.
Now these days they think more about recycling , they recover s quite much , for
example : recovering of plastic bottles and glass and more . They also repairs much
things at home when something is broken.
My grandfather had no electricity when he grew up. But he and his family used
candles instead of lights. In order to get heat in the house they had a open fire.
They had no car but they had to ride a bike or walk where they would, if it was
very far away could they take the train but it was not often. They had no
telephones so they could send letters or just go home to each other if they had
anything to say. They did not buy nearly as much new stuff when he was little as
they do now, they did quite a bit myself. And if something went down, instead of
throwing it and just bought something new, but they tried to fix those as much as
they could. They had no TV so my grandfather read many books.
By: Linnea Strömberg
1. My dad used to heat his house with oil. They had lights and home appliances that
used a lot of electricity at home.
2. They did not recycle anything.
3. We recycle a lot today compared to what they did in the passed.
4. Things the fixed where usually tools and appliances.
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