12 tips for a greener Christmas

1. Time your lights

1. Time your lights

Use timers so that your Christmas lights are on when your family are around to enjoy them.

2. Opt for a real tree

2. Opt for a real tree

A real tree can be a greener choice, especially if it has been responsibly sourced.

3. Switch to LED Christmas lights

3. Switch to LED Christmas lights

LED lights last longer and use a fraction of the electricity of older lights. And as they run at a cooler temperature, they are a better option for real trees.

4. Remember the birds

4. Remember the birds

Set up a feeding station so that your garden’s birds can enjoy Christmas.

5. Switch to rechargeables

5. Switch to rechargeables

Stop using disposable batteries for gadgets and toys and switch to cut waste. Over time, you will save money.

6. Stop draughts

6. Stop draughts

Use draught excluders to make your home cosier over the festive season.

7. Burn dry logs

7. Burn dry logs

The drier the wood, the more efficient your log burner will be. Look for kiln-dried wood fuel or recycled briquettes.

8. Gift green

8. Gift green

Seeds make super stocking fillers – especially wildflowers, vegetables and flowers like sunflowers that are perfect for bees.

9. Bleed your radiators

9. Bleed your radiators

Make your heating work more efficiently before guests arrive.

10. Check your fridge is set to 3-5°C

10. Check your fridge is set to 3-5°C

This will keep food fresher for longer and will keep your fridge running efficiently.

11. Don’t tip fat down the drain

11. Don’t tip fat down the drain

Fat from roasts can block drains and form huge fat bergs in sewers. Let fat cool before adding to your food waste bin.

12. Recycle after Christmas

12. Recycle after Christmas

Recycle your real tree – and gift any unwanted presents to charity.