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tree-blogRoss Design would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  It’s that time of year again where a little bit of planning can go a long way for the holiday season.  We’d like to share a few thoughts on some useful things to keep in mind as you gear up for the festivities.

For all you gung-ho Christmas decorators out there, as you try to overload the exterior of your house with lights, make sure not to overload your electrical circuits in the process!  Here are a few things you can do to prevent this:  Something easy is to simply choose efficient lights.  Go with LEDs over standard incandescents.  LEDs use about 20% of the energy of alternatives.  When your house is covered in lights, this will go a long way to reduce the electrical load on your outlets (not to mention the load on your wallet when it comes time to pay the power bill).  If you’re fortunate enough to be in the position of designing a house, make sure to put all the exterior outlets on separate circuits.  This, too, will dramatically reduce the chances of an overload.

Once the lights are up, the tree needs to be erected.  Here we’re confronted with the classic question:  real or fake?  Although fake trees appeal to our lazy side (i.e. no preparation, trimming, transport, sap, etc.), real trees should appeal to our environmentally conscious side.  When considered through the filter of sustainability there is a clear winner:  real trees.  Although it can be an ordeal to go from buying the tree to its finished, trimmed, decorated state, it’s worth it.  Fake trees emit harmful toxins as a byproduct of their manufacture.  Additionally, when they’re trashed they end up in the same place as your wrapping paper:  landfills.  So be good to the environment and get real (trees).  Besides, doesn’t it always end up being fun decorating the tree with the family anyways?

After the (real) tree is up, it will soon be time to populate its base with presents.  I have little doubt we can all recall scenes from Christmases past where the living room floor disappeared under the ridiculous amount of tattered wrapping paper strewn about.  While we think happy thoughts as we ravenously tear into our unrevealed gifts, much later when all the excitement wears off, our thoughts turn remorseful as we ponder the final resting place for all that paper:  landfills.  While you’ll understandably be sharing most of your love with family and friends during the holiday season, give the environment some love too, and consider these creative alternatives to traditional wrapping paper:  1.  Use fabric.  The extensive range of fabric colors and patterns makes it a perfect sustainable solution.  The same pieces of fabric can be used year after year, without adding one ounce of waste to the already heaping landfills.  2.  Repurpose resources.  Newspaper (especially the colorful comic section) makes the perfect gift wrap. You can also find containers (currently fulfilling any use) laying around the house that can be temporarily converted into a home for a present. Hopefully these resourceful suggestions begin to turn your creative wheels, and you can come up with even more sustainable possibilities.  In the meantime, have a safe and Merry Christmas!

photo source:  https://blog.miragestudio7.com/christmas-card-for-architects/3944/

 

 

 

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