Unless you’re the Grinch, everyone loves a festive home decorated with lights and baubles for the holidays. At least, that’s what the consensus shows*. However, with the rising costs of electricity and our awareness of the damage done to the earth by these sometimes outrageous (yet totally awesome) displays of Christmas spirit, we felt this would be the perfect time to provide a bevy of options to help you find ways to keep your home merry and bright, yet still keep it green (but not Grinchy-green) this winter season.
LED Lights: Opt for energy-efficient LED lights for your holiday decorations. They use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent lights and last much longer. Consider using programmable or solar-powered LED lights for an even more eco-friendly option.
Timers and Smart Plugs: Set timers for your holiday lights to automatically turn them off during the day or late at night when everyone is asleep. You can also use smart plugs or smart home systems to control and schedule your decorations, ensuring they are only on when needed.
Natural Decor Elements: Incorporate natural and sustainable decorations, such as pinecones, branches, and potted plants. These items not only add a touch of nature but also reduce the need for additional manufactured decorations.
Energy-Efficient Decorations: Look for holiday decorations that are specifically designed to be energy-efficient. For example, consider using inflatable decorations that have LED lights built in, combining festive flair with energy savings.
Candles: Choose soy or beeswax candles instead of traditional paraffin candles. These options burn cleaner and are more environmentally friendly. Additionally, use candles strategically to create a cozy atmosphere, reducing the need for excessive electric lighting.
Thermal Curtains or Blankets: For large windows or glass doors, consider using thermal curtains or blankets as temporary decorations. These can add a festive touch while also providing additional insulation, helping to retain warmth inside and reduce the need for heating.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances: When preparing holiday meals, use energy-efficient appliances such as convection ovens, slow cookers, or toaster ovens. These appliances use less energy compared to traditional ovens and can be just as effective.
Energy-Efficient Decorative Displays: Choose energy-efficient decorative displays, such as pre-lit artificial trees with LED lights. These decorations often use less energy than multiple strings of lights and can be reused for many years.
Energy-Efficient Heating: If you’re hosting holiday gatherings, lower your thermostat by a degree or two. The additional body heat from guests and the warmth generated by cooking will compensate for the temperature reduction. This helps save energy without compromising comfort.
DIY Decorations: Get creative and make your own decorations using recycled materials. This not only reduces waste but also adds a personal touch to your holiday decor.
When you incorporate these energy-efficient practices into your holiday decorations, you can create a festive and sustainable atmosphere without compromising comfort or joy. Having a beautiful and festive holiday home doesn’t mean you have to break the bank or destroy the planet!