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HOW TO GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR

Make your own ornaments and decorations.  Once upon a time, decorating the home and tree was a family event, why not bring that back?  Go on a scavenger hunt with the kids and find items around the house and the yard that can be `recycled` into holiday ornaments.  It will provide hours of family fun, and when you use as many `found` objects as possible, you'll be teaching the kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle at the same time!

 

 

 

  • Make the switch to LED lights and LED lighted decorations. According to the US Department of Energy, LED lights use 90 percent less energy than incandescent; that's quite a savings!
  • Use a Timer. Putting indoor and outdoor holiday lights on a timer can save even more energy and money while saving you the time and hassle of remembering to turn them on and off.
  • Go Solar. Solar powered LED holiday lights are great alternative for outdoor holiday lighting. Similar to solar landscape lighting, each set of lights has its own small solar cell that stores up the sun's energy during the day. The lights turn on automatically at dusk and work for up to eight hours with no messy extension cords or added electric bill.
  • Recycle your old lights. When making the switch, be sure your old lights don't end up in landfills. If your old lights or lighted decorations are in good working order, donate them to a charitable organization. Send your non-working lights to HolidayLEDs.com who will recycle them free of charge and send you a coupon for 15 percent off purchases on their website.
  • Buy locally grown Christmas trees. You'll be supporting your local economy while purchasing a tree that required less energy to get to you.
  • Recycle your tree. Don't send your used tree to the landfill, it can be chipped and used for mulch or left whole and used for habitat restoration. Visit http://earth911.com/recycling/garden/christmas-trees/ to find recycling programs near you.
  • Buy a living tree. By 'living' we mean a live, potted tree that can be planted after the holiday season. If you don't have a place to plant it, donate it to a local park or charitable organization for planting.
  • Don't dump your old artificial tree. If you're making the switch to a live or living tree, or just upgrading your artificial tree, donate it to a local charitable organization with your old working lights. Reuse, reuse, reuse!
  • Buy recycled ornaments and other decorations. Be smart about your purchases and look for holiday d├ęcor made from recycled materials and/or can be recycled at the end of its useful life.
  • Make your own ornaments and decorations.  Once upon a time, decorating the home and tree was a family event, why not bring that back?  Go on a scavenger hunt with the kids and find items around the house and the yard that can be "recycled" into holiday ornaments.  It will provide hours of family fun, and when you use as many "found" objects as possible, you'll be teaching the kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle at the same time!

 

Visit these websites for more information on greening your holidays and your life:

http://www.sierraclub.org/holidays/

http://earth911.com/

http://www.treehugger.com/

http://greenlivingideas.com/

 

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