The holidays are a festive time, filled with family, friends and great memories. The festivities entail a multitude of possible decorations, with many choosing elaborate ways to decorate the outside of their home. From a large assortment of lights to inflatable snow mobiles, home decorating is very big during the holidays. It can also of course be very expensive, both on the wallet and on the environment. There are ways to save while still decorating your front lawn and roof, of course. Here’s how.
Buy used items. Many people unnecessarily get rid of their decorative items every year, sometimes donating their goods to thrift shops. Holiday shoppers can find many gently (or sometimes barely) used holiday items at cheaper prices than at other stores. When the holidays are over, they can store their items to use again next year. Not only will that save money, but it will save gas, time (and energy) spent perusing the internet and going from store to store.
Reuse items you have in your home. Trim branches from a garden and make your own wreath, adding as many as or as little decorations as you want. Plant a Christmas tree in your front lawn, adorned with edible decorations, such as popcorn, cranberries, candy and dough ornaments. You can then choose whether or not to replant that three somewhere else, or simply leave it in front throughout the year to reuse it as a decoration through many holiday seasons.
Adorn your roof with Solar Christmas lights or LED Christmas lights. There are many sites that offer such lights for purchase, such as SiliconSolar.com and HolidayLeds.com. They come in a wide assortment colors, size and prices, and are a perfect way to save money on your electricity bill during the holiday season. They can be reused for years, and save money and energy along the way. You can also use them for other special occasions as well, such as birthdays and anniversary parties. Solar lights are also perfect in inclement weather, equipped with a high efficiency polycrystalline solar cell that gives off a couple of hours of light at night.
You can also choose to use no plastic in your Christmas decorations, and opt for decorations made out of recycled materials. Looking for an alternative kind of Christmas wreath to hang in your front door? Check out GoodsfortheGarden.com, which has a Wreath Ornament Set made out of 100% recycled paper. GiftsWithHumanity.com offers a Banana Fiber Nativity Set for only $39.99 that is handcrafted out of banana fiber and wire. Gifts with Humanity also ensure their products are from Fair Trade; profits from Goods from the Garden go to community organizations and public gardens.
There are many ways to fortunately save energy and money when decorating your home and front lawn during the holidays. There’s no reason to waste any more, and especially in this economy, this is welcome news. And as technology and invention allow for only more environmentally friendly materials, there are certainly going to be many more green outdoor holiday decorations to come.