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CEA’s Top Tips for Christmas: Lights and Decorations.

When it comes to adorning the house for Christmas, lights and decorations can be an important part of it! Consider giving Mother Earth a present for Christmas this year, and choose more sustainable, energy-efficient options.

Here is some top tips to help you have a greener Christmas:


  • Make sure you only use your lights when it is dark. It will mean you are reducing your power consumption, and your lights will stand out better!
  • If you are forgetful with turning your lights off, consider getting lights that have a timer on them.
  • When buying lights, consider the greener option – LED lights. Not only will these be easier on your power bill by using up to 90% less energy, these will last much longer, giving you better bang for buck.


  • Try to reuse old decorations rather than buy new. Every time you reuse a Christmas decoration its carbon footprint becomes a little smaller because, unlike manufacturing a new decoration, it requires no additional resources or energy and does not create waste. You could even revamp your old decorations – get creative!
  • Find quality decorations that will last and won’t date. You want to be happy with unboxing these year after year, so if you are buying new decorations, be picky!
  • Choose decorations made from sustainable materials. This might be in the form of wood, recycled materials, or even flowers and foliage from the garden!
  • Make your own decorations! This can be a fun task or the whole family to do – take a look around your home and see what recyclable materials you could utilise. How about cardboard, shells, even dried pasta is a fun option! The grandkids will appreciate seeing their decoration on your tree when they come over on Christmas day.

About Community Energy Action

Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust committed to helping make warm, dry, energy efficient homes throughout Canterbury. Their services include insulation (subsidies available), heating, free, recycled curtains, free independent energy advice, and affordable energy efficiency tools. For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.