12 Tips for a white...I mean GREEN Christmas
“Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling ‘yoo-hoo’”. Well it’s not actually snowing, however, it is raining and getting colder outside. With the winter season approaching and the holidays just around the corner, here are 12 energy saving tips and eco-friendly suggestions to keep you nice and warm during the winter season, and help reduce your environmental footprint during the holidays.
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12 TIPS FOR A WHITE…I MEAN GREEN CHRISTMAS
Seal your windows and doors – sealing openings of windows and doors can reduce energy needs by up to 25%.
Switch to LED lights – consider switching to LED holiday lights as they can reduce electricity use by 75-80%, and they last longer!
Don’t be an energy zombie – unplug household electronics and holiday lights when not in use. Keeping them in standby mode can waste 10% of electricity load.
Let the sunshine in – even though we do not get much sunshine in the winter, keep your curtains and shades open during the day so when the sun does peak out, it can naturally warm up your home.
Use the right size pot with the right size burner – Using a smaller pot on a larger burner can waste more than 40% of the burner’s heat. In addition, cooking with a lid on can reduce energy consumption by 14%.
As easy as pie – avoid peaking in the oven when in use; each time the oven door opens, it loses 20% of the heat.
Give your gingerbread men some company – bake your holiday goods all at once to save on reheating the oven.
Engine running but no one behind the wheel – avoid turning your car on and leaving it running to warm up before driving. It wastes fuel, and can actually increase the wear and tear on your engine. With fuel-injected engines, the engine control unit adjusts itself to idle perfectly in sub-zero weather. So bundle up, get into that cold car, and drive away.
Sweater Weather – turn down the thermostat in your house or office. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can save up to 3% on heating costs.
Wrap is dead – recycle wrapping paper or better yet, skip it altogether. Instead, make wrapping paper out of newspapers or flyers; use old maps and calendars; give reusable gift bags; place gifts inside shoeboxes or cereal boxes; or use fabrics such as clothes, dish towels or pillow cases. If you are going to use wrapping paper, use ones that are made from post-consumer recycled waste.
Ditch the disposables, go reusable – avoid using disposable plates and cutlery for holiday parties. Instead go with reusable dishware as it uses less energy and resources, and it is cheaper and healthier. If you need to use disposables, look for products that are made with recycled content.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! – choose a natural tree. Most Christmas trees are grown specifically for the purpose of being cut down, and therefore do not contribute to deforestation. They are also easy to recycle when the season is over. Artificial trees on the other hand, are made from plastic and have a larger impact on climate change and resource depletion than the natural tree, and they are harder to recycle when you no longer need them.