Go Green for the Holidays

Green is more than a Christmas color. It’s a way we can save on our electric bills, while we help save the planet. Here are just a few ideas on how you can make your holidays greener:

Buy Energy Saving Holiday Lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than conventional incandescent Christmas lights. This can mean a $50 savings on your electric bill. You can find them at most big box retailers.

Make Homemade Wrapping Paper. Most mass-produced hoiday wrapping paper is not recyclable. After folks tear into their gifts, the wrapping paper is headed for the landfill. Instead of being a part of the problem you could be part of the solution. This year, wrap your gifts with the Sunday comic section, an old road map or a piece of fabric. If everyone would do this, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

Look for Pesticide-free Trees. Most Christmas trees have been doused in chemicals to protect them from bugs or to make the trees look greener. This year, get your tree from a local tree farm that is committed to providing a pesticide-free alternative.

Recycle Your Holiday Tree. Recycleling paper, glass and plastics is a great way to help the environment. But did you know that you could recycle your holiday trees. These trees can be ground up for mulch. Check to see if your city has such a program.

Crank Down the Thermostat. Put another log on the fire and have your family layer sweaters and fleeces when indoors. There is no better way to save on electricity and stay toasty.