Tips & Resources For Living a Green, Healthy, Sustainable Life

Holiday Lights

Bright Ideas for Holiday Lights

Those beautiful Christmas and Chanukah lights can have you seeing red when January’s bill arrives. Lighting already accounts for roughly 15% of your household electricity use. Lighten your carbon footprint instead of your wallet by

  • Limiting your light displays to an hour or two in the evening, and always turn them off before you go to bed. A timer is a great thing to use.
  • Use energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights for your house or try solar powered Christmas rope lights.
  • 15% of household electricity is wasted by leaving TVs, stereos and other appliances on standby so make sure you turn things off when you’re not using them.

Greeting Cards with a Message

Greeting Cards

Billions of holiday cards are sent each year, the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of trees. This year, send holiday cards made from recycled material or send e-cards instead. After the big day, make sure you recycle everything you can.

Deck the Halls with Real Holly!

Deck the Halls with Real Holly

Instead of spending money on artificial Christmas decorations that won't biodegrade, let nature decorate your home. Decorations can be made from organic, recycled and scrap materials such as popcorn, dough, cinnamon sticks, bows, gingerbread, holly, seasonal berries, ivy and evergreen branches. Once you've finished with them, you can put them in the compost.

Snuff Out Old Candles


Paraffin candles are made from petroleum residues, doing little good for your health or the environment. Soy, beeswax or natural vegetable-based candles are better because they biodegrade, are smoke-free, and so much more eco friendly.

Give to a Charity That Works to Protect Nature

Give to a Charity

Support an environmental organization this holiday season. There are many to choose from; find one that focuses on issues that are important to you and help their cause. It’s a gift that will make a difference all year. There are a list of environmental organizations in The Little Green Book of Big Savings.

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