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12 Ways to Save Energy & Money This Holiday

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  • Instead of driving to the mall, or long distances to multiple big-box stores in search of the perfect gift, try setting your sights closer to home. One year, a co-worker decided to do all her Christmas shopping on her hometown Main St. (It’s amazing how creative you can get, when you narrow your options: everyone gets baskets full of soaps/candles/chocolates this year!). You’ll save gas, support small businesses in your own community, and keep the air a little cleaner.
  • Instead of giving “things” that must be produced, shipped to stores, purchased, wrapped and then mailed (and shipped again), give the gift of conservation this holiday: it only costs $1 to plant a tree in Brazil.
  • If you can’t resist giving – or receiving – the latest electronic gadgets, buy Energy Star certified products, which use significantly less electricity.
  • Reduce some waste (household waste increases by 25 percent during the holidays) by foregoing the wrapping paper and gift bags. Try re-purposing fabric, old road maps or other interesting printed paper for wrapping. Or conceal your gifts in useful containers, such as tins, baskets, scarves or tote bags (that might be part of the gift itself).

Image Credit: aprica /Flickr (A Main St. antique shop decorated for the holidays.) Used under a Creative Commons license.

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5:11PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Those coffee cakes look pretty good!

8:40PM PST on Dec 12, 2012


5:11PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Very sensible and practical suggestions. Thank you.

10:27PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Leds are great

3:16AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

IYou'd need really thick curtains* if you neighbour left his decorative lights on over night.I blame "Home Alone" for starting the fashion of lights round the roof here

*Of course, really thick curtains are a good idea in the Winter.

3:14AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

what i find tacky is that are some people who request a receipt for their gifts before you give them anything.

3:11AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thanks, I try to keep it minalistic myself.

3:10AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

you also save energy from watching tv from your computer instead of those big flat screen tvs.

3:03AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Turning off your Christmas lights around midnight is sufficient.

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