The holidays are meant to be a joyous time of celebration and reflection. However, many of us have found ourselves overwhelmed or stressed in the aftermath of attending (or hosting) one party after another, overextending our budget on gifts or food, or being in close quarters with family or other individuals we’d, well, maybe rather not be in close quarters with.
To help you enjoy this holiday season as much as possible, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you focus on the things that really matter: our relationships with ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Before we get into it, here are some ideas for anyone who is spending the holiday season alone including creative ways to celebrate solo. Even if you aren’t in a celebratory mood, there are still so many ways to make the most of your time and possibly even enjoy yourself, too!
First off, let’s start with an important question:
Why should you care about saving energy, and what does “saving energy” really mean?
Ultimately, saving energy is less about preserving energy for later or for something else, and more about only using what you need and using energy efficiently to decrease the number of pollutants your usage creates. Plus, cutting back will usually save you a few bucks, too!
The reality is that every time you turn on the light, take a shower, or keep something plugged in and running you are releasing toxic chemicals into our atmosphere (unless your home is 100% green—if so, go you!). This is because most electricity is produced from coal, natural gas, and petroleum, all of which release chemicals that can be harmful to plants, animals, and humans (especially children and the elderly) and are known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, and more.
The production of energy also releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat within our atmosphere. We need CO2 in order to live on earth (otherwise the average temperature would be 0 degrees Fahrenheit!), but too much will eventually heat the earth to life-killing temperatures.
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