Are you ready for energy efficient Christmas?

A walk by the streets of the town will make you realize that everyday more and more people are getting ready for Christmas! Let’s see in which ways we can transform this time of the year into a more energy efficient period. 

The lighting

This year instead of incandescent lights choose to use LED lights. In this way, you will save up to 90% electricity! This does not mean that will have to make your house look like a circus by putting up a lot of lights, less can be more. Moreover, remember to turn off lights when you are not home or during the night when you are asleep.

The tree

Instead of a plastic tree  you can purchase a sustainable or a potted tree. Plastic trees are not eco-friendly at all, but cutting down a tree every year isn’t either. Look for trees that have been raised sustainability or ones that are potted. Potted trees can be reused for years and eventually re-planted. If you do not choose a potted tree then at the end of the Christmas recycle it, don’t just feed it to the landfill. Instead, find a recycler that can chip it up for use in gardening.

Shopping

Make a list of what you want to buy, presents or food for your Christmas feast. In this way you will avoid unnecessary driving across town. Moreover, you can use public transport or shop online. When it comes to the gifts, prefer gifts that don’t consume electricity or batteries, According to energyquest.ca.gov, 40% off all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. Also, prefer reuse and recycle wrapping (reuse gift bags and ribbon or recycle paper), studies have shown that Americans generate countless tons of waste each year just in Christmas gift wrapping. 

The Christmas feast

You can prepare your Christmas feast with organic and locally raised foods, which probably will taste better. Also, try to bake several dishes at a time. Remember: it takes the same amount of energy to heat a full oven as it does a nearly-empty one. At last, when is possible  use the smallest appliance to get the job done, use your microwave and toaster oven for small holiday cooking tasks, and save the oven for big cooking tasks. 

Going on vacation?

Before leaving the house for your trip remember to unplug phantom energy users. TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on. Unplug these items and enjoy the energy savings.

 

At last, I would like to wish everybody all your days to be merry and bright and may your Christmas be white! Merry Christmas!

P.S. Spread the love by sending your wishes with e-cards instead of paper cards!

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