How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Holiday

December 14, 2016

During the holiday season, retailers work hard to tempt you into consuming more, but this can put a significant strain on the environment. Go green with eco-friendly holiday choices and turn your Mobile, Alabama, home into a peaceful and conservation-friendly haven this season.

Purchase Sustainable Gifts

Look for holiday gifts that are easier on the environment, like organic cotton linens, bamboo tableware, or repurposed products. Items made by local craftspeople have a smaller carbon footprint because of the elimination of shipping and the need for less packaging. Consider recycled paper or seed paper for holiday cards and stationery, and use recycled wrapping paper to dress things up.

Put Lights on a Timer

Set your holiday decorations on a timer so that you don’t waste electricity lighting the house during daylight hours. While a glowing tree is charming in the evening, make sure you turn it off before you go to bed to avoid wasting energy all night. A preset timer makes it easier to minimize energy usage by automating these adjustments.

Turn Back the Thermostat

As the temperatures drop, it’s tempting to turn the heat on high. Set the thermostat back as much as you comfortably can to minimize your energy use as well as your utility bills this season. Small and inexpensive moves can go a long way toward keeping you comfortable. Switch to flannel sheets and heavier pajamas as well, so you can keep the thermostat lower at night without disrupting anyone’s comfort.

Enjoy Gift-Free Fun

Step back from some of the consumerism of the holiday and enjoy activities that don’t require any additional resources. Instead of hosting gift parties, gather friends for games or carols. Make natural pine cone ornaments instead of plastic ones. Buy less and do more with what you have.

If you’re overdue for your annual maintenance visit, your HVAC system isn’t as eco-friendly as it could be this season. Book your appointment with Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. today by calling 251-476-3610.