Green is one of the traditional colors of the Christmas season, but the green we have in mind is the environmentally friendly kind. Here’s a list of some eco-friendly, energy saving tips that will put you at the top of Santa’s nice list this holiday season.
1. Use LED LightsThese small Light Emitting Diodes use 80% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, plus they’re cool to the touch. Look for the Energy Star seal for ones with the highest energy efficiency rating.
2. Limit LightingTurn Christmas trees on only when you’re in the room to enjoy them. Turn outside decorations off before you go to bed at night, or put them on a timer that will remember to do it for you.
3. Send E-CardsReplace snail mail cards and letters with e-cards and e-mails to save paper and mailing expense. It also will reduce your carbon footprint since it eliminates the fuel used for transporting standard mail.
4. Shop OnlineRather than burning gas driving around searching for that perfect Christmas present, shop online instead. Having your gifts shipped directly to out of town recipients saves even more energy by minimizing transportation costs.
5. Give Green GiftsConsider giving eco-friendly or homemade gifts to those on your shopping list. Purchased green presents include:
An even greener option is to buy a live Christmas tree then plant it in your yard after the holidays are over.
8. Make Natural DecorationsRather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed off the bottom of trees.
9. Recycle DecorationsAfter the holidays, but sure to recyle your Christmas tree and other natural decorations rather than sending them to the landfill.
10. Reduce TravelBetween shopping, trips to visit relatives, and the flurry of parties and other activities, the holiday season often involves a lot of travel, which in turn adds more pollutants to the atmosphere. Every gallon of gasoline used by your car releases 19.4 pounds of CO2, and air travel is equally bad. So if you really want to go green, consider limiting your travel plans this year.
11. Save EnergyWhile saving energy is a good idea anytime of year, it’s especially important to address during the holidays with a long winter ahead. Here are some ways to reduce your energy bills while helping the environment at the same time:
*Erickson, Ben. (n.d.). How to Have an Ec0-Friendly Green Christmas Holiday. Retrieved from, https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-have-a-green-eco-friendly-christmas/