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Be Green This Festive Season

The festive season is one filled with joy, excitement and childlike anticipation. It’s a season that most people look forward to for the first 11 months of the year. Here are a few tips for you to implement whilst enjoying this thrilling time with your loved ones.

  • Christmas lights are a necessity in most homes during the festive season. Switch to LED lights and do your part to help the environment, there are also amber LED Christmas light string available on the market for a more romantic setting. Also remember to change the bulbs in your home to fluorescent bulbs.
  • If your home is filled with masses during the Christmas time you are bound to have loads of washing to do. When washing your clothes try to always set the machines temperature on cold or warm and not hot.
  • Whether you’ve got a house packed with relatives and friends or not, try to opt for hanging your wet clothes outside to dry rather than using a highly uneconomical (& environmentally unfriendly) tumble-dryer.
  • Dishes are also bound to piling up, so if you planning to use a dishwasher we would like to urge you not to rinse the dishes before placing it in the machine. By avoiding to do this you can save up to 15 gallons on each load. Instead you should rather pack the machine directly after lunch or dinner and switch it on immediately.
  • Everyone will need time to cleanse themselves, so keep your showers short in consideration for others whilst saving water and making a contribution towards sustainable living at the same time.
  • Baths also take too much water, so always try to opt for a shower instead.
  • Candles are also a popular feature during the festive season. Buy matches instead of lighters, they are not as disposable as most assume them to be and matches are much more degradable and eco friendly.
  • Invest in a set of rechargeable batteries instead of regular ones. You will find that it not only saves you a lot of money but also that it is much more respectable to our environment.
  • Always keep in mind that green driving is much more economical and environmentally friendly. To drive green means that you run your errands in bulk; try to do all your Christmas shopping at once and avoid unnecessary stops and turns. This way your fuel consumption decreases exponentially as does your carbon emission.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Instead of buying glittering wrapping paper, wrap your present with homemade paper, news paper or old saved wrapping papers. Also remember to save the wrapping from all you present so that you can use them again.
  • Family time is always incredibly enriching during the festive season and how better to celebrate your love for one another than to by celebrating the love and appreciating you have for your home. Take the time and plant a tree as a family event that can also hopefully turn into an annual tradition.