This year, decorations at many locations in Malaysia have gone green during the Christmas season. We can also consider changing some of our habits to have a more eco-friendly Christmas:
1. Using recycled plastic bottles, used egg cartons, cotton wool from used pillows for Christmas Trees
2. Using recycled plastic bottles in place of hanging chandeliars like in the picture above.
3. Using LED bulbs and LED modules with lights to make the tree sparkle in a spectrum of colours such as purple, blue, yellow and red. LED bulbs and modules can shave off about 75% from the electricity bill for the normal decorations. These bulbs do not get hetaed up, neither do they casue short circuits, melt or become health hazards. E.g. a string of 100 bulbs needs only 7.5 watts of electricity and these waterproof bulbs can be used both indoors and outdoors. The enercy consumption is so low, a huge tree uses only 2 amps compared to a normal Christmas tree that uses 12 amps.
4. Styrofoam can be used to make Santa Clause, his sleigh and reindeers, also Snowman.
5. Turn Christmas lighting off during sleeping hours or when not at home.
6. Don't leave the TV, Hi-Fi or Stereo on standby mode. Turn it off when not in use.
7. Avoid leaving the oven door open to observe the turkey during the baking process. Instead, remove the turkey from the oven to check it and close the oven door. This will keep the heat in, thereby saving energy consumption.
8. Do not overcook. Make sure extra food has cooled before putting into the fridge.
9. When cooking stews, keep the lid on. This will cook quicker, thereby conserving energy.
10. Wait for a full load before using the electric dish washer.
11. Recycle the ribbons.
12. Don't use styrofoam or disposable cups, plates and silverware.
Thank you to Michelle of Rambling Woods for hosting Think(ing) Green Thursday. To participate or to view contributions from other green thinkers around the globe, please visit here.