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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 01/16/2018

SOLAR PRODUCTION78.1MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
1,257 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 64.0 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
1,031 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $8,635 DOLLARS SAVED
$139,018 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 142,100 MILES NOT DRIVEN
2,287,637 YTD

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12/22/2015

Simple Ways to Green Your Holidays

POSTED UNDER Home & Garden

The holidays are a time reserved for sending good tidings to our loved ones through celebrations and gifts. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, excess waste is one result of this wonderful time of the year. It’s estimated that Americans will throw out an extra 25 percent of trash this holiday season, amounting to about 25 million extra tons in the landfill.

For most of us, holiday planning is well under way (if it’s not, good luck!). But we’re going to provide some tips for reducing as the holidays come and go. 

Let’s start with the Christmas lights. There are two very simple and effective ways to save energy when it comes to lighting. 

  • First, have your lights on a timer so they’re only in use during the waking night hours.
  • Second, invest in LED bulbs. They’re relatively inexpensive, save energy and actually emit more light than traditional bulbs. Some holiday lights even come solar powered!
  • Want to make a huge impact to offset your carbon footprint? Consider investing in solar.

When it comes to your tree, don’t throw it to the curb once Dec. 26 hits. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can be easily reused or recycled into mulch or for other purposes. The tree at Rockefeller Center actually gets recycled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity projects. Check with your local municipality or residential waste hauler on recycling opportunities near you. Or try Earth911’s recycling search engine.

We all know the holidays are a time for eating – diets can wait until the new year. That said, most of us make too much food for our holiday celebrations. Just like Thanksgiving, look for creative ways to reduce your food waste.

Finally, think of all of the beautiful wrapping paper you’ve discarded onto the floor only to throw in a trash bag every year. There are more sustainable way to wrap gifts. Consider buying simple holiday bags or boxes from a craft store and reuse them each year. They’re seasonal and come in a variety of beautiful patterns and sizes.

Here’s hoping you and your loved ones have a happy holiday season. When given the chance, make it a green holiday season. Consider it your gift to the planet!