Green Holiday Prep Tips and Tricks

green holiday tips

It is that time of year again! With Halloween officially over, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colors and will start falling soon. Don’t let the holidays pass you by without making the necessary changes to your home. Now is the best time to prepare your house for the cold months ahead.  Be sure to follow these tips on various ways you can stay green this holiday season.

Winterize Your Home

Be sure to manage your thermostat and keep it as low as you can. Even a one degree increase can raise you heating costs by up to 10%. Better yet, keep your thermostat set to off during the day and only turn it on at night. Adopt thick insulating drapes and curtains to keep the cold air out.  If you have wood or tile flooring, try adding area rugs and don cozy slippers to avoid the cold against your feet. Also, close off any unused rooms in your homes to save on heating them. Learn more tips to winterize your home.

Warm Your Body

Dress Warmly! Yes, it seems like a no brainer but surprisingly some people like to wear summer clothes during the winter while cranking up the heat. This wastes a lot of energy that you can actually conserve. Instead, do the opposite by dressing warmly and keeping the thermostat low. In addition, make homemade heating pads by heating rice in old socks to make your bed all warm and toasty.

In The Car

Do not warm your car by having it idly run before you enter it. That is wasting gasoline and can actually be quite dangerous. In fact, your car warms more quickly when you drive it rather than idling running. Additionally, minimize your trips to the grocery store this holiday season. If you can, try to get all your items in one road trip.

Holiday Gatherings

The dinner table is the central point for love, laughter and togetherness around food. Make sure to use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper products.  When your gatherings or parties are over, be sure to have a separate compost bin to collect any unwanted leftovers.

These small changes can make a huge impact on our planet. The more people adopting these practices, the better our planet will be for generations to come. So, remember to incorporate these minor tricks into your holiday prep to stay green this season.

Thelisha Aluc

My name is Thelisha Aluc and I was born in Providence, Rhode Island. My parents are from Haitian descent and came to the United States to gain an opportunity for my two siblings and I to have a better life. Although I was born up north, I was raised in sunny North Miami Beach, FL for about 15 years. I graduated from the University of South Florida with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health. My interest in environmental health first came from when I was at a young age. Living in Miami, we would receive testing kits issued by the city to test the quality of our tap water. My parents never understood the purpose of the kit so I decided to test the water myself. Ever since then, I’ve always had in interest in the environment around me. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. My goal is to gain a master’s degree in environmental health so that I can work within local government to improve water quality and recycling methods.

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