The Holidays are upon us, and with this time of year comes additional trips, planning and responsibilities. Here are some tips to help get you through this crazy time of year, while still being mindful of the resources used
LED vs. Regular Christmas lights
Though I am a complete sucker for the big mid-century vintage Christmas lights, they are also a huge waste of energy and more likely to be a fire hazard. LED bulbs use less energy and last up to 50 times longer than the traditional lights. You don’t have to throw your old lights away, but as your strands burn out, consider making the switch to LED lights. Additionally make sure you are properly disposing of old strands. Many box stores have drop-offs that safely dispose of the strands, or there are some lighting companies that allow you to send in old strands.
Timers for Christmas Trees and Holiday Lights
After spending all that work building a Christmas display, you want to make sure everyone can enjoy the bright lights and fruits of your hard work, but leaving the lights on all night is a waste of energy and a distraction to those living close to you. A timer ensures that you have the opportunity to show off your creation, but aren’t sending bright lights flashing into your neighbor’s room at 2 AM. The timers are also great for home security when you travel, as you can set lamps and lights on for a few hours.
Reusable wrapping paper
Wrapping paper is a huge waste of paper resources. When wrapping gifts, use recycled newspapers or fun scarfs. Gift Bags are also a great option since they can be used many times. Decorative Boxes or Baskets are also great, and the recipient of the gift is able to re-use the packaging for organization in the home.
As often as you can, support local stores with your holiday gift purchases. The closer you are to the source of the gift, the less fossil fuels have been spent getting your gift to you. It also supports someone you know in your community, and a strong local economy offers it’s own sets of benefits.
Consolidate shopping trips and holiday travel.
Before you begin your shopping, compile a list of everything you need beforehand to reduce the number of times you run to the store. One trip to Wal-Mart is a lot less painful than the fifth, “Oh no we need a gift for Aunt Susie” trip, and saves time and sanity.
Carpool home for the Holidays when possible too. Reducing the number of cars on the road lessens the impact of air pollution, and helps keep traffic jams at bay. Also, in the event of a snowstorm, the less cars on the road the better.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Liss Technologies!