The holidays. That time from Halloween to New Year’s seems like a marathon of parties and festivities. The holidays are exhilarating and wonderful, but also stressful and draining time as well. The mental drain can also extend to your utility bills as well.
From the Griswold-worthy light display on your electricity bill to the last minute, late night wrapping sessions, your home and your body suffer energy loss.
In order to keep up with the shopping, decorating, class parties and the staff parties, we tend to resort to unhealthy tactics that only sap our energy more. The holidays should be about fun, family, and festivities! Not the endless to-do list or the electric bill.
Here are a few tips on how to save energy this holiday season for you and your home!
How to Wrap Gifts & Conserve Waste
Yes, Christmas wrapping paper with cute penguins and frolicking snowmen are nice, but it lasts seconds, the kids barely take notice of it, and it is a terrible waste of paper. Instead of spending big bucks on fancy wrapping paper make your own with old newspaper, old tee shirts or have your kids paint on a roll of brown paper and cut it into gift-sized wrapping paper!
If you do go the traditional store-bought wrapping paper route, but are in sudden need of a bag, here is a clever way to turn some wrapping paper into a gift bag!
How to Save Energy with Holiday Lighting
It gets darker earlier in winter. We are already using more electricity during the holidays and now we’re adding decorative lights for Santa, too! But what is the holiday season without the winter wonderland decorations and lights flickering and blinking to help those reindeer find their way?
There is a way to make sure your wallet doesn’t suffer as much when you want to go all out with your lighting prowess. Choose LED lights instead of incandescent, they use less energy and in the end cost much less to keep your home merry and bright.
How to Design Home for Comfort & Joy
When people hear about zen and feng shui they often think of indoor water fountains and statues of a fat, happy Buddha, but it is more than that and so much simpler.
Designing your home to incorporate some zen styling is good not only for the holiday season, but all year long. Buying succulents instead of flowers can help purify the air in your home, and they take less care, so no more killing your houseplants.
Everyone loves big, comfy blankets, and in this case, they are necessary! Get yourself a fluffy blanket for the bed and a cozy throw for the couch, wrap up, and watch your troubles melt away.
They say the state of your home reflects your state of mind. If that’s true, then decluttering your end tables and junk drawers will not only help you feel less antsy this season, but will also makes it easier to find that extra roll of tape you’ll need when you use up the current one.
How to Save Energy by Creating YOU Time
When was the last time you enjoyed a silent night?
If it’s been a while, maybe now would be a good time to send the kids off with the other adult for a few hours of sledding, snowball fights or even a movie while you take some time to unwind and destress.
Been so long you need some ideas as to how to unwind and destress?
Maybe you’re sick of fighting for TV time. Now is the time to indulge. Put on some comfy pjs and watch the movie that no one else in the house will agree on. Have some wine or a cup of hot chocolate while you’re at it.
Other ways to destress and unwind while you have time to yourself?
- Take a bath and think about yourself.
- Get your haircut and ask for the massage if they offer one.
- Bake cookies and eat as many as you want.
- Color a picture without your toddler adding his or her own touches.
- Read without interruption.
This is your time to do what you want without anyone demanding your attention elsewhere!
We hope you enjoyed these ways to save energy this holiday season!