If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, keep the movement up when you’re celebrating Christmas! The small changes you make aren’t that difficult and can make
a big impact on you, your home for sale, and the environment:
Change Your Bulbs
It’s time to replace your old lights with new LED lights. Why? Incandescent lights use 40.8 watts per 100 light strand (0.0408 kW), while a 100-light strand of LEDs uses 8 watts (0.008 kW). Plug in your tree with pride this year, as you save money and conserve energy. Additionally, opt for solar-powered lights outside, and don’t forget to recycle those old, energy-wasters.
Pass on the Fake
Decorate with nature, starting with a real, live Christmas tree. Live trees are biodegradable, classic, and smell great. Plus, when you buy a local, live tree, you’ll be supporting a tree farm (not a factory in China)! You can even take it one step further and consider a Christmas tree that can be replanted in your yard come Spring. While your tree is indoors, use “grey” water to water it – the perfect source is that water from your basement dehumidifier that you’ve been dumping! Other ways to bring nature indoors: make your own evergreen boughs and wreaths or display a pretty pinecone basket.
Light of the World
Christmas calls to mind a sense of glowing warmth. Create that by using soy or beeswax candles. Traditional candles can degrade indoor air quality. And instead of turning up the heat, pile it on! Have a variety of pretty, plush blankets drape over the backs of couches and chairs so that you, your family, and your guests will be cozy from head to toe.