Energy tricks and treats
Efficiency-wise, Halloween has a lot going for it: It’s a night when candles, rags and reusable shopping bags are all the rage. It’s easy to take just a few extra steps to make your Halloween activities more energy efficient, courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust:
- Decorate an old pillowcase or a reusable shopping bag to use as trick or treat bags.
- Dim the lights, or turn them off entirely, and bring out the candles. Rather than lining your walkway with conventional string or rope lights, look for more energy-efficient LED lights.
- If you’re hosting a spooky party, try making your own Halloween treats. Individually wrapped and packaged candies generate waste—wrappers always seem to find their way into nooks and crannies and then refuse to be pulled out without a fight—and use up energy to be produced in the first place.
- Use rags and old cloths to make Halloween costumes. Luckily, the more raggedy the costume looks, the better!
- Use the whole pumpkin. If you carve a jack-o’-lantern, save and sift the pulp and seeds. Use the pulp to make soup and keep the seeds for cooking or snacks. When the jack-o’-lantern is ready to retire, don’t forget to compost the pumpkin.
- When receiving trick-or-treaters, save heating by shutting the house door behind you and stepping outside to distribute candy. Try not to lock yourself out.
- If you need to use your car for trick-or-treating, try carpooling. Bring along a trash bag to collect all the waste, then go through it afterwards and recycle as much as you can.
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