A decoration hangs on an illuminated Christmas tree in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a lighting ceremony in Berlin December 1, 2013. Every year for over 20 years, Norway has sponsored a Christmas tree to stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
While the Holidays are a fun time, it is also a very expensive time. With all the Christmas gifts, clothes, decors, food and drinks that are bought during this time, fat wallets immediately become thin after just a few visits to the mall. And it doesn't end there because all the Christmas lights hanging in the house and on the Christmas tree uses way too much electricity and increases the electricity bill a hundredfold. But, it doesn't have to be that way. We can all do our part to save money, energy and electricity if we all go green this Holiday 2013. Below are some suggestions on how to go about it.
How to Go Green this Holiday 2013:
1. Switch to light-emitting diode LED holiday lights.
Trade your old lights for these babies because LED lights use 90 percent less electricity than their counterparts and they even last up to ten times longer. If you're not ready to go all the way, then mix some of your old lights with new LED lights.
A girl walks past a stall selling Christmas decorations in downtown San Salvador December 4, 2013. Picture taken December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez
2. Put your lights on a handy timer.
After switching to LED holiday lights, take it a step further and use timers for your lights. This helps save a lot of electricity because unused lights will be turned off when not in use. If you don't have a timer, just remember to always turn off the lights when you leave a room, your house or even when you go to bed.
3. Unplug electronics if you're not using it or if you are going away.
Even if they are already turned off, TVs, DVD players, cell phone chargers and video game players still use up to 10 percent of electricity. That's why don't just turn off these things, but also unplug it from the outlet.
4. Use rechargeable batteries for holiday gifts.
If giving gifts that require batteries, make sure to include rechargeable batteries instead of regular batteries.
5. Use the lowest-energy cooking option.
When cooking during the holidays, opt for kitchen appliances that use the lowest energy, such as microwaves and crock pots, instead of conventional ovens, which take much longer to use and consume more energy.
6. Lower the thermostat.
If you have a fireplace, then lower the thermostat to save energy. Invest in programmable and remote controlled thermostats which let homeowners control the temperature of a room or the entire house even when no one is at home.
7. Don't use blow-up snowmen as a Christmas décor.
Despite its cuteness, it uses up so much electricity. It's better not to use it at all.
These are just some simple but effective tips on how to go green this Holiday 2013. If everyone followed these steps, then the world would be a much energy efficient place. Not only will it save energy and money, it will also help save the earth. Try it out and see the difference in your next electricity bills.
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