In keeping with the season and our theme of green jobs, we’ve got a few strategies for you to keep your home more eco-friendly for Christmas. Santa is all about going green, didn’t you know?
Use Sustainable Wrapping Paper
You could ditch the wrapping paper altogether, but we understand there’s nothing quite like unwrapping a gift from under the tree. So if you feel the need to wrap your presents, use eco-friendly wrapping paper sourced from recycled material (in this way, you’re essentially supporting green jobs). If you use or receive some gift bags, don’t just throw them away–save them and use them again next year!
Use LED Lighting and Timers
Replace your old Christmas lights with new, energy efficient LED lights. This could save you more than 90 percent on your electric bills, which tend to surge during this time of year. You can further your savings by keeping all of your Christmas lights on timers, rather than hoping you remember to turn them off every night.
Get a Potted Tree
While there is still much debate as to whether getting a real tree every year or using the same fake Christmas tree for 10 to 15 years is better for the environment in the long run, a good compromise for the purists who insist on a real tree is to get a potted tree. They are available almost everywhere now (which means more green jobs during the holidays!). You simply bring them into your living room for the holidays, then pop it back outside once Christmas is over. Easy!
Using these easy strategies is a great way to have a more green Christmas. If you want to extend things into the New Year, perhaps it’s time to consider green jobs as new career options, too? Stay tuned here to the blog for the latest on employment in the green energy sector.