Below are excerpts from “Tips On How To Have A Green Halloween” as originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network. To read the full article, please visit www.resnet.us.
Halloween may not scream energy efficiency, but there are a few ways you can keep your festivities energy efficient. We want you to #GoGreneForHalloween with a few tips from our friends over at the Residential Energy Savings Network. Be sure to leave us any questions or feedback in the comments, or get your clean energy goals started today by scheduling a consultation by clicking here.
Get The Decorations Just Right
There’s nothing quite like a dark house to set that spooky atmosphere! So, kill the bright lights and go with energy efficient LED string lighting in Halloween colors to send shivers down the spines of those trick-or-treaters brave enough to ring your doorbell. Or, you can take it one step further by using real candles to create that eerie feeling, but if you do, make sure that it’s done safely.
You can also:
- Turn cardboard boxes into tombstones
- Paint foam peanuts (packing materials) and turn them into worms
- Turn stockings with runs into spider-webbing
Control Heat Loss
Prevent heat from escaping by shutting the door firmly after each trick-or-treat visitor. If your home has a fireplace, use it! It helps set that Halloween mood and you won’t need to run your heater.
Generate Less Waste at Halloween Parties
If you’re throwing a Halloween party, help the environment by using regular cups, plates and cutlery instead of disposable ones. And when loading the dishwasher, scrape the plates clean instead of rinsing to save water. Ensure you have a full load before starting it, and use the low heat and energy-saver options.
Buy Local and Compost Halloween Props
Choose locally produced treats, and look for ones with either minimal packaging or are packaged in recycled materials. And don’t just throw away your pumpkin shell and guts once Halloween’s over – compost them or use the guts in a pumpkin pie!
Leave Your Car At Home
Trick or treat door-to-door on foot in your local neighborhood instead of driving further out. This way, you’ll reduce carbon emissions, save gas and have the peace of mind of knowing where your kids’ candy is coming from.
Emilygrene Corp. is proud to bring you vital information to stay “green” all year long. This Halloween, we hope you will share this information with your family and friends, and consider going “GRENE” by speaking with one of our expert consultants about how your home or business can increase your overall energy efficiency.
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