Christmas Decorations Can Be Environmentally Friendly
by Mark Jacobs
The holidays are almost here so it's time to put out the Christmas decorations and put the home in a festive mood. There are lots of different holiday lights you can choose from. Your Christmas decorations can be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Here are some ways you can decorate your home and still be green.
Use fresh holiday decorations: They're lots of holiday decorations that do not use electricity at all. You can decorate your home with live evergreen wreaths and other cold-weather plants like holly bushes and mistletoe. Natural decorations are biodegradable, won't end up in a dump and add an sophisticated touch to any home's decor.
Use light-emitting-diode Christmas lights: You may save up to 60% on your electric costs for Christmas lights if you switch to LED decorations. Some hardware stores are trying out Christmas light trade-in rebates to help entice people to switch to LED holiday lights. But be careful, light emitting diode lights are not always a great deal. LED (light-emitting-diode) Christmas lights cost a little more new but they offer huge energy savings over incandescent light bulbs.
Reuse lights you already have: By using Christmas decorations again and again you are keeping lots of plastic out of your local landfill and being wise about using resources. Try to skip buying all new holiday decorations each year. One of the greatest ways to save money is to go shopping in your own closets!
Many of these green decorating tips will put more money in your pocket that you can spend on holiday gifts! With a little planning you can put up decorations for the holidays and still be green. Remember that your choices today can be a great gift for tomorrow's children.
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