Not only is Halloween quickly approaching, October is also National Energy Action Month. So, October may be a great time to consider your energy-saving goals and ways to make your home more sustainable (and save money too). Here are several simple steps you can take to make sure you can save energy this Halloween season.
Make your own Halloween costume.
Some of the most creative and memorable Halloween costumes are those that are homemade. Gather inspiration from Pinterest and popular blogs and then assess what materials you already have in your home and the supplies you may need to purchase. Consider everyday items that you may already have in your home that you can repurpose for costumes like cardboard boxes, clothing, and everyday household items.
Use LED lights for pumpkins and outdoor decorations. You may also consider using solar lighting.
Not only do LED lights last 25 percent longer than traditional lights, they also produce 75 percent less energy. Consider using LED string lights outside your home and also inside your pumpkins. Another alternative to LED lighting is solar lighting.
Dispose of your pumpkin waste in a sustainable way.
Tis the season of the pumpkin – pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin carving, pumpkin patches, and more! While pumpkins can be a source of holiday fun, it’s also good to remember to dispose of them responsibly. After carving a pumpkin, consider toasting the seeds for a snack and using the pumpkin guts for baking purposes. According to experts, composting pumpkins is the most eco-friendly way to dispose of your family pumpkin and offers several environmental benefits. Be sure to remove all seeds prior to composting.
Consider giving a more eco-friendly treat to trick-or-treaters
According to hearts.com, one pound of waste is generated per Trick-or-Treater every Halloween. In addition, altogether, Americans spend $7 billion on candy, costumes, etc. Imagine how much waste and cash could be saved by giving an eco-friendly treat instead that could be repurposed and used multiple times. Some candy alternatives include stickers, DIY crafts, school supplies, or a healthy snack.
Check out this spooky infographic from the Department of Energy on how you can ward off energy waste ghosts at your home. http://energy.gov/articles/energy-efficiency-tricks-stop-your-energy-bill-haunting-you
What energy-saving tips have worked well for you and your family during Halloween?