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Question of the Week: What are you doing to use less energy during this holiday season?

2009 December 7

At this time of year we travel more to visit friends and family or take more shopping trips. We also decorate with extra lights and turn up the heat to ward off the early winter chill.  Share how you conserve energy.

What are you doing to use less energy during this holiday season?

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  1. permalink
    December 11, 2009

    i am using less electrical power. i have stopped lighting lights during day & also have started grinding spices by hand.

  2. Michael D. permalink
    December 11, 2009

    Nothing. I will probably be using more energy this Christmas, because I am moving into a house out of an apartment. The only time I have interest in saving energy is if it will save me a significant amount of money. I am not scared by the global warming hysterics or the CO2 freaks out there, especially when we had over 550 earliest first snows in this country alone. Also looking at the raw data from GHCN the place that the CRU and GISS get their data from, I see we have been in a cooling trend for the last 9 years, most significantly in the last 3 years.

    Of course now our “brilliant” EPA is calling what we breathe out and plants love to breathe in a poisonous gas. Go figure.

  3. ali khorshidi permalink
    December 11, 2009

    we are using the smaller lights

  4. Kasi permalink
    December 12, 2009

    Like many others who have shared their ideas; I too try to use my intelligence to pre-plan christmas shopping with as much on-line purchases as possible. (It indirectly keeps me from adding too much heat to the environment with my blood pressure rising out of fustration from being around too many people who are rude…) I have purchased many warm clothes ahead of time to avoid having to have the heat up too high. I also reuse the beautiful christmas bags each year. I have been blessed to have much of my family join up in one house for the holiday so there will not be mulitple homes heated up. Happy Holidays everyone who is doing their part.

  5. Dylan permalink
    December 17, 2009

    amen to that.

  6. Bill Lee permalink
    January 5, 2010

    I have seen major improvements in the invironment over my 66 years with 40 or so in the Safety/Environmental profession. Rivers in the NE used to catch fire and the Mississippi was a running sewer. But now major enforcement is proposed using questionable data!
    The CRU out of England has had a major scandal and little I know about has been done to examine the facts. Has global warming data been, “fudged”? The EPA had better be working hard to look into this! Because if you do not the public will lose faith in the crediblity of EPA and their integrity to use “True” Science in making regulations! The truth will come out in time and the EPA should be apart of informing the public not seen to have, “egg all over their face”!

    Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion.

  7. Jani permalink
    January 26, 2010

    I told the kids how it is: lights use energy, manufacturing the lights uses energy, and the entire processes of making decorations uses energy and materials, and then I asked them if it made sense to be wasteful. They even call me on it when I forget to turn off a light. Younger children understand more than they get credit for, and even if they don’t understand, it’s our job to do the right thing for them. So, long story short, we didn’t decorate, get a tree, or make cookies and pies. We allowed two trips to the mall so the kids could get each other gifts. And guess what? The holiday still happened, we had no stress about it, and our family and the environment was better for it.

    Another thing I do is curl up with my doggy to keep warm instead of cranking up the heat :).

  8. Gritts permalink
    January 29, 2010

    I was in search of some creative ways to save money this year, especially around Christmas time and found a few tips. The best ones were:

    1. Close vents in unused rooms and turn the heat way down during the day and while we sleep.

    2. Make our own Christmas presents when we can (which we didnt do a great job of).

    3. Reduce our monthly bills and other costs.

    So far so good. There are other things we are doing to save money as well, but they don’t really fit under the “green” and “energy” categories.

    Thanks for letting me share! Your website has a lot of great info!

  9. Ellen Smith permalink
    August 21, 2010

    Thanks for sharing the tips, saving is really my problem because I find it hard to save.. I just keep on spending my money without me knowing exactly where I spend my money for..

  10. Matildo Maratas permalink
    September 3, 2010

    wow I didn’t realized that Holiday season is near once again

  11. Diane permalink
    September 7, 2010

    This is one of the tips I can share with everyone — I usually take a bath at night, and instead of using the lights, I light a lot of candles and then soak myself in the tub. It feels more relaxing and at the same time, I get to save electricity! This would be great for couples too! It melts the anxiety and stress for the day. Great mood setter as well! :-)

  12. Lydia permalink
    September 19, 2010

    I am definitely using less electric power and changed to fluorescent light bulbs. I will not be using Christmas lights either. I also haven’t used my dishwasher in years and hand wash all. I am still pretty bad about recycling and I am trying to get better. Merry Christmas all!!!

  13. Michael Bradbury permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Tell me about it, 2010 is really flying by!

  14. Dee permalink
    September 28, 2010

    I usually have dinner by candlelight with my better half, this is good to relieve stress after a long day. I sometimes get panic disorder attacks that is why a usual hot bath with candles and NO light works for me too to de-stress.

  15. Gasheatingstove permalink
    October 12, 2010

    Use efficient and low energy gas heating stoves

  16. Linda Sullivan permalink
    October 14, 2010

    These are great tips! We only turn out Christmas lights on for 1 hour at a time and only on 3 days a week. We also do all of our gift shopping on the same day. That way we aren’t making several trips for one or two things.

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