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A Different Kind of "Green Christmas" in the Forecast

December 11, 2006

Helena, MT - A "green" Christmas can mean more "green" in your checking account, too. Products like inexpensive and energy-saving holiday lights that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can save big bucks on energy bills, according to Sierra Magazine Lifestyles Editor Jennifer Hattam, who has tips for Montanans about how to save money as well as the environment.

"Buy LED holiday lights. They look just like regular lights, but they use 80 to 90 percent less energy, which can save up to $50 on your energy bill."

According to Hattam, those miles and miles of wrapping paper you use are another opportunity to "go greener." She encourages buying recycled paper, keeping in mind that most foil paper is not recyclable. She also lists plenty of creative options to "make your own" gift wrap, from newspaper pages to posters, maps and sheet music.

"If every family wrapped just three gifts in this more environmentally friendly way, it could save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields."

Hattam says other environmentally-savvy holiday tips include recycling the Christmas tree and asking for a pesticide-free tree. Learn more online, at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT