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Simple steps to help you cut your carbon and costs.

Whether you celebrate Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa or them all, you can take these steps to celebrate with a smaller carbon footprint:


If you plan ahead, your family's holiday meal menu can include several locally raised items.  Learn more about shrinking your meal's "food miles," here.


Which is better, an artificial tree or a cut, live tree?  One study compared the natural/energy resources each requires, and concluded an artificial tree is better IF you use it for at least 5-6 years.  So choose a cut tree from the most local grower you can or an artificial tree made to last a while.  (Bringing a live, balled tree into a warm, dry house, then planting it successfully isn't easy, so read here before trying that option.)


Whether a menorah, indoor or outdoor Christmas lights or Kwaanza kinara, switch to LED bulbs to save lots of energy and money.  They're safer, too.   

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