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Direct Energy

November 26, 2010 11:39 ET

Ten Crafty Ways to Make the Holidays Green

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - It's time for the holidays. Whether you're decorating the home, shopping for presents or getting the holiday menu ready, this year, Direct Energy suggests consumers think green. In fact, it could be the start of a holiday tradition, such as the One of a Kind Christmas Show.

This year, Direct Energy is a proud sponsor of the One of a Kind Green section. Visit us now until December 5th at the Direct Energy Centre and fill your stockings with some of the environmentally friendly, hand-crafted items. Over 800 local artisans are being showcased at the show this year.

Direct Energy also recommends these measures to make your holidays green:

  1. Consider using fewer or no lights at all when you're trimming your tree. The One of a Kind Christmas Show has many unique and environmentally friendly ornaments.

  2. Decorate using LED bulbs, which have a rated life of 50,000 hours, representing nearly 20 years of normal usage. Compared with incandescent lights, which last just 600 to 1,000 hours.

  3. Buy miniature decorative lights, which use about 70 percent less energy. Connect them to an automatic timer to reduce the chance of leaving your holiday lights burning all night long.

  4. Wrap gifts with conservation in mind. If everyone wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or fabric gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 ice hockey rinks.

  5. Turn down the heat a few degrees it could save 10 percent on the heating bills. Reduce the heat before guests arrive because all their extra body heat will soon warm up the room.

  6. Dim the lights and have memorable holiday meals by candlelight. You could even "go organic" and try soy candles.

  7. Don't open the oven door to peek at what's cooking. It can lower oven temperatures as much as 25 degrees, which increases cooking time and gobbles energy.

  8. Use your dishwasher for cleanup. A dishwasher requires 37 percent less water than washing dishes by hand.

  9. Unplug your tree. Electronics that are plugged in, but not powered up, still suck power from the outlet. Unplug anything you're not using and turn off power bars.

  10. Reduce your homes carbon footprint every day and sign up for Direct Energy's carbon neutral 3 year gas price plan, special One of a Kind show offer. Also consider getting an energy audit of your home.

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About Direct Energy 

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with over 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 20 states and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, visit

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