Whether you're at home or away this festive season it's important to recognize the huge strain we place on the environment due to our increased energy consumption over this period. It may be the Christmas lights, slow-cooked turkeys, and air-conditioning, or it could be the opening and closing of the fridge door for a cold drink on a hot day and the hours of cricket and tennis we watch on the TV over the summer.
- Reduce your energy bill and your impact on the environment by using energy efficient appliances and fitting energy efficient light-globes.
- Make sure that you switch appliances off at the wall when not in use.
- Turn lights off when you leave the room.
- Don't leave the Christmas lights on all night.
- Go easy on the air-conditioning. Better yet, use natural ventilation by opening windows and doors to let in the breeze.
- Use microwave ovens, slow-cookers, or pressure-cookers for all that delicious holiday season food, as these are all energy efficient methods of cooking.
- Get the kids to decide what they want before opening the fridge door and open the fridge as little as possible.
- Wash your Santa suit in cold water and make sure that it dries on a clothesline and not in the dryer.
- You can also consider giving the environment a happy new year by switching to a green power source. For more information visit www.greenpower.com.au.
Festive Season Green Guide