We're heading towards the over-indulgent festive season so Changeworks has suggested a few top tips to a greener Christmas. We all love Christmas lights whether our preference is for those delicate little white lights threaded daintily through the tree or a multi coloured light extravaganza featuring Santa and all his reindeer. Luckily a greener Christmas doesn't mean we have to lose any of the sparkle. Here's how to light up Christmas the greener way:

  • Switching from conventional to LED Christmas lights will reduce your energy consumption by a surprising 90%. As they don't generate as much heat you could also be making your tree safer. 
  • Turning one or more room lights off when the Christmas tree lights go on makes them look more attractive as well as saving energy. 
  • Turn your Christmas lights off when you go out, and when you go to bed. 
  • A fibre optic decoration can light a whole tree from a single bulb, and is just as effective as a whole string of Christmas tree lights. 

 

A Time For Giving  Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without presents and the best gifts are usually the thoughtful ones, so put a little thought into what you buy and how you buy it. Here are some top tips for gifts you'll be happy to give as well as receive:

  • If you plan to give an appliance, look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo so you don't give an energy guzzling gift. You can compare products online at energysavingtrust.org.uk/Compare-and-buy-products. 
  • If you're going to give a gadget, why not make it a green gadget? From shower timers, energy monitors and TV power-downs to solar powered MP3 players, there are green gadgets galore at a variety of prices.  Try some of these sites for inspiration (Please note: Changeworks is not responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.): www.nigelsecostore.comwww.thegreenstoreonline.co.ukwww.ethicalsuperstore.com, www.amnestyshop.org.uk
  • When possible choose products with minimal packaging. You could wrap your presents in recycled paper children's drawings and paintings or even glossy magazine paper.
  • Using ribbon or string to wrap presents makes it easier for the wrapping paper to be reused.
  • Old Christmas cards can be used as present labels.
  • Finally don't forget to take your own bags with you when you do your Christmas shopping.

 

Christmas is undoubtedly a time for fine dining or overeating, depending on your point of view. As at any other time of year the things to think about are:

  • Try sourcing local food that's in season.
  • Try to avoid throwing food away - freeze leftovers.
  • Avoid wasting energy by using the microwave and putting lids on pots. 
  • Afterwards make sure the dishwasher is full before switching it on.

 

If you'd like to know more about Changeworks' services please call us on 0131 555 4010 and quote "Little Green Women'. The first five callers will receive a free "Onya' bag - great for Christmas shopping or a green stocking filler.