5 Tips to an Eco-Friendly Holiday
In the midst of all the chaos that surrounds prepping for the holidays, like trying to find the perfect tree, buying gifts for your loved ones and putting up the Christmas decorations in your home, it's easy to compromise on being "green" and choosing Eco-friendly products. This holiday season, reduce your carbon footprint and give back to the environment without having to sacrifice style or tradition, by utilizing these quick and easy tips; and have yourself a green little Christmas.
1. Lower Holiday Lighting Usage
It's not uncommon to see homeowners competing with each other in the neighborhood to see who has the most decorative and extravagant light display. However, being the most glamorous house on the block now comes with a hefty price on your electricity bill. Switching over to using energy efficient LED lights can help save the cost on electricity. Additionally, limiting the amount of time you have the lights on at night will help put back even more money into your pocket. You'd be surprised how much you can save in your energy bill. Buy a sensor outlet timer and have your lights displayed for a set amount of hours rather than leaving them on all night. Ultimately, the main reason we have the nice display outside is for others to enjoy but when the roads are quiet and still at night it's smarter to turn them off.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights consumer 80 percent less energy than incandescent lights and tend to last 25 times longer.
2. Get a Real Christmas Tree
The question over buying a real tree instead of an artificially made tree for the holidays surfaces every year. It's
almost a no brainer that buying an artificial tree is better because you don't cut down any trees. Many will claim that this also comes at a cheaper cost because you only need to invest in it once every couple of years and you're able to re-use it. On average, most people keep them for six years before deciding it's time to throw it out and get a new one. Here's what they don't advertise: the artificial trees you buy in store are made of petroleum-based chemicals; not to mention this also contains non-biodegradable plastic. Meaning, these chemicals can do a lot of harm to the environment. Artificial trees are meant to last you forever and essentially speaking, after disposal, the chemicals really do last forever in the landfill. Therefore, unless you plan on having the artificial tree for 20 years, your carbon footprint would be much smaller buying a real tree. Regardless, going out to pick that "perfect" tree with loved ones is always a good way to start off the holidays. Don't worry, you're not contributing to the deforestation; these trees are grown specifically for this reason and every time one is cut down, another always grows in its place.
Each year, about 10 million artificial Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. and have three times more impact on climate change and resource depletion than natural trees.
3. Carpool when Possible
The chances of family and friends attending the same holiday party or even going out shopping for gifts is quite high. Reduce gasoline usage and decrease the fuel consumption by tagging along with others or take turns driving. There's no point in wasting gas when you are all going to the same place. After all, going Christmas shopping with family and friends is always better than going alone!
If each family family reduced their gasoline consumption by one gallon (about 20-miles) during the holidays, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons.
4. Send E-Cards
During this season, go the cost efficient route and get digital with personalized holiday e-cards. There's so much that you are able to work with online that you wouldn't be able to send via print. Several websites offer different templates to still provide the feeling one gets from opening an elegant card. With the numerous choices you have, you're able to get as creative as you want. This year, get inspired and send your holiday e-card.
Every year, over 200,000 trees are cut down to create Holiday cards.
5. Recycle the Gift Wrap
After the gifts have been unwrapped, there's usually a mass collection of wrapping paper that ends up going into the trash. Find sustainable ways to wrap a holiday gift without having to throw it all out. Get retro with wrapping it with old newspaper or chic with a handkerchief or scarf. Make your presents stand out from the rest while still keeping it green.
Half of the paper consumed by Americans is used to wrap and decorate consumer products.
We hope when Father Christmas arrives, you don't forget about Mother Nature. However you decide to spend the holidays this year, we hope that it is filled with abundant joy. From all of us here at A-MAX Auto Insurance, Happy Holidays!
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