The holiday season goes by in a blur for many people, not leaving a moment for a second thought. However, it’s important to do our part this holiday season to offset some of the impact that the holidays have on the environment.
Keep reading to discover how to be more eco-friendly during the holidays this season.
Update Your Heating or Insulation
In many parts of the country, winter brings cold temperatures and thick snow. When you’re cooped up inside all season, you may feel tempted to reach for the thermostat and turn the heat up. However, if your heating system or home insulation isn’t updated, you could be wasting energy and heat. Thanks to its thermal insulation properties, your home insulation traps heat during the winter, which helps your home be more energy efficient. But this only works if your insulation is in good condition. Make sure to inspect your heating system and insulation before the colder months.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Check with your city or local recycling services to see if they participate in Christmas tree recycling. Instead of going to the dump, your tree could be turned into wood chips, mulch, or wood and paper products. Even better, order a plant-able tree this Christmas. Once you’re done enjoying the festivities, you can then plant the tree at a participating park or in your own backyard.
Carpool to Holiday Get-togethers
Are you and your family or friends meeting up over the holiday season? Find the easiest route between your families and carpool to your host’s destination. It can be a fantastic way to cut down on travel emissions and you’ll get to spend some extra time with your family and friends this season.
The holiday season can feel like a whirlwind, but don’t forget about these little steps that we can all take to be more eco-friendly during the holidays. You can enjoy the holiday season knowing that you did your part to minimize your carbon footprint.