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Green Holiday

It kind of puts you in the festive spirit when wherever you go you hear Christmas music playing, people are rushing around buying presents, eggnog are being consumed and people trying to fit in lots of visiting and trying to get everything done in time to celebrate the holidays. You can be sure that most of us are expending a lot of energy to make sure we don’t forget anyone on our lists. However, are we putting as much effort in our own homes and the amount of energy we can save at the top of our minds during this festive time?

Regardless of whether or not you want to make your house to win the most decorated house on the street, you can still have this honour and keep cost savings in mind.
“Energy efficient construction is an extremely important consideration when building or renovating your home,” says Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association. “In saying this, we want to make sure homeowners also know how to incorporate energy efficient savings year round on items that aren’t included in the construction process, after the house is built, especially during the holiday season.”

A few suggestions for consideration include:

  • Although you may be holding onto older, non-energy efficient holiday lights for the nostalgic memories they hold for you and your family, you may want to consider purchasing new LED holiday lights for the exterior and interior of your home - LED lights use up to 98% less energy than traditional lights and can last 50 times longer. They are an excellent choice for the outside of your house and on the tree as well.
  • Install timers on your lights - Using timers on holiday lights is one way to help save energy. Setting your lights to come on at dusk and go off when you are sleeping will result in you not using as much energy as you would if you left the lights on all day and night.
  • Recycle your ornaments from previous holiday seasons – Although this is not so much an energy efficiency tip, it is an important consideration in terms of waste reduction. Reuse your ornaments from past years rather than purchasing new ones each year. This helps to reduce waste in the landfills and helps you to create new memories and traditions for your family.
Make the holidays about spending time with family and friends and if this is possible while making energy efficient and environmental friendly choices throughout your holiday season, not only will you save money, all the better for everyone! The NSHBA wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday.

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