The holidays are just around the corner!  Here are some tips for an eco-friendly holiday!

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Replace your holiday lights with energy efficient LED lights 

According to Energy Star, holiday LED lights consume about 70% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than traditional holiday strands.  The lights will pay for themselves in electricity savings in less than five years!  For a typical holiday tree illuminated with 1,100 lights and operating for six hours every day of the week, you can expect to save up to $8 per month, or 70 kilowatt-hours of electricity, by using LED lighting.  The best part is that you can find them virtually anywhere and they come in various shapes, colors, and sizes.  There are weather resistant ones for outdoor use too! Also, if one light goes out, the strand still works.  I’m still amazed that most of us will use 180 hours of electricity per month this holiday season to illuminate our trees and our holiday decorations.

Use a power strip for your holiday decorations

By using the on/off switch on a power strip, you can fully power down decorations.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is actually consumed when they are turned off.  This can be as much as 10 percent of a home’s overall energy usage.

Be mindful of the gifts you choose to give

Choosing gifts from recycled sources helps reduce the waste stream.  Also, give battery free gifts.  According to the EPA, 40% of all battery sales happen this time of year.  Even rechargeable batteries find their way in the trash, and discarded batteries (both kinds) are an environmental hazard.  Check out some fantastic eco-friendly gift options that require no batteries!

Above all, have a happy and safe holiday season!

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