Green Spotlight on the Holidays

Holiday decorations don’t have to be an energy drain. Nowadays you can deck the halls with boughs of organic holly and string up eco-friendly lights. You can even toast your friends and family with green wines.

When it comes to gift-giving, there are all sorts of green options, like Gavin Hudson’s 12 gifts of Christmas. One of our super-activists, Frank Zaski, sent us some great ideas about how we can incorporate giving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS) during the holiday season. Hey, it isn’t festive, but it’s useful!

Here’s Frank’s advice:

“We know that compact fluorescent fight bulbs (CFLs) are a no-brainer when it comes to saving electricity, money and the environment. However, most people are slow to adopt them and CFLs account for only a small percent of US residential lighting.

One way it increase CFL usage is to encourage the giving of CFLs for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, house warming, birthdays, parties, etc. In addition to the many environmental benefits, an $8.00 three-pack of CFLs can actually result in a $120 “gift” of savings spread over five years.”

NWF Field Guide to BirdsSo let’s remember while shopping for the new-fangled green gifts that going with the traditional CFL is still doing a load of good, both for your pocket and for wildlife.

Got any other green gift ideas? We’d love to hear them!

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Published: December 6, 2007