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Eco-friendly Holiday Tips

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we can turn our full attention to the holidays. If you spent most of the year making environmentally conscious decisions, you probably already have a plan to continue those through Christmas. And, if you were more naughty than nice this year when it comes to being “green,” the holidays are a great time to start your sustainable efforts.

Follow the eco-friendly tips below to ensure you and your family have an enjoyable, yet sustainable holiday season. 

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

Turning off the water while brushing your teeth, especially if you have a large number of holiday guests, does wonders to conserve water. This is a small and incredibly easy step you and your family can take to make a big difference. It’ll also save you money by reducing your monthly water bill!

Be conscious the next time you shower

Try limiting your total shower time to five minutes or less. Doing so saves water and is also considerate when you have a large number of guests at your house. Also, plug the drain early on when running the water for a bath. You can get a tub full of warm water without wasting a bunch while you wait for it to heat up. You can also make your showers more sustainable by using a shower head filter that makes a difference. Our shower filter features a dual-flow shower head with a water- and energy-efficient setting that can save thousands of gallons of water. It also makes your hair and skin soft and smooth. Who doesn’t want that for Christmas?

Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator

Say no to purchasing crates of plastic water bottles. Get a drinking filter and keep a pitcher of drinking water in your refrigerator. Your family can stay hydrated without creating a pile of plastic waste. If you need a filtration system, consider having our Pelican Whole House Filter & Water Softener Alternative with UV installed before your guests arrive. This system’s UV filtration destroys 99.9% of pathogens and harmful microorganisms without affecting the taste or odor of water. 

Limit your dishwasher use

Dishes pile up during the holidays. Refrain from running the dishwasher until it’s full. Handwashing a bowl that you need immediately works better than putting it in the dishwasher and running an entire cycle. With all the family in town, get everyone on board and take turns washing the dishes, so you don’t waste so much water on multiple dishwasher cycles.

Make your wrapping paper

It’s no secret that Christmas morning means throwing a huge pile of torn-up wrapping paper in the garbage. Unfortunately, the wrapping paper you purchase at the store is not made to be recycled. The special coatings and foils that make it shiny aren’t recyclable. Since store-bought wrapping paper goes to the landfill, why not wrap gifts in something that can go in the recycling bin instead? You can wrap gifts in newspaper, old maps, and even art that was drawn up by the family. Another great idea is to hide the presents around the house, unwrapped, and to hold a scavenger hunt. It sounds like a fun Christmas morning, right?

Opt for energy-saving LED lights

This holiday season, forgo using those energy-sucking string lights from Christmases past. Incandescent bulbs are still the most popular lights used during the holidays. These lights colorfully light up your house or tree, but they waste more energy than any other kind. Only 10% of the energy used by each bulb goes into making the bulb shine. The rest of the power turns into wasted heat, which is why LED lights are a much better option. These lights use less energy and are substantially longer-lasting than incandescent bulbs. You save up to 90% of electricity with LED lights, and they last 2,000 hours longer. 

Get a real tree and recycle your artificial one

Artificial trees are great if you want something to last year after year. However, that tree will eventually end up curbside and in the landfill. Choosing a real tree is more of an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Reserve a Saturday to go tree picking, and then spend the afternoon decorating it. Once the holidays are over, you don’t have to toss your real tree. You can cut it up and use it as firewood or put it through the chopper and turn it into mulch. 

Donate time to an environmental cause

One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is giving back to those in need. If you already volunteer during the holidays, that’s great! This year though, why not challenge yourself to give back to an eco-friendly cause? Spend the holiday season cleaning up your local parks and rivers. Prepare healthy meals and take them to homeless shelters. If you’d like, give money to your favorite environmental charity. It’ll be a fulfilling Christmas for all when you take the time to go green and give back.

Repurpose or make gifts

Often, we spend money on gifts that end up getting little use. No matter how excited a child is on Christmas morning, we know some presents wind up in the toy box all year long. This year try making a gift. You can make a homemade ornament, picture frames, scarves, candles, body scrubs, and so much more. It only takes a few minutes online to find customizable ideas your family is sure to love.

Make sure your house is properly insulated

Proper insulation makes heating and cooling your home much more efficient. Inspect your roof, attic, and walls to ensure they’re adequately insulated. If they are, your furnace and air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

Going “green” is a great way to spread holiday cheer. At Pelican Water, we’re here to make it easier for you to enjoy eco-friendly products such as our NaturSoft® Water Softener Alternative. This filter is designed to treat your water with zero waste, no electricity, and no salt. You don’t have to make all these changes overnight, but practicing our eco-friendly tips ensures you’ll have a very Merry (and green) Christmas.