During the holidays and always, Green House homes embody warm, smart, and green principles. As discussed in Bill Thomas’ What Are Old People For?, warm organizations are rich in optimism and trust, and exude the spirit of generosity. Doing good deeds without the expectation of return is the most effective approach to warming people and organizations. Smart homes embrace technology that serves to foster the well-being of Elders and those who work with them. Green organizations provide an environment where Elders have close and continuing contact with the living world. Any sanctuary for Elderhood should demonstrate a true concern for safe and sustainable use of natural resources.
‘Tis the season to go green by reducing waste, saving energy, and renewing your commitment to green living. Here are some easy ways in which you can be warm, smart, and green this holiday season:
• Save paper by wrapping gifts with children’s artwork, maps, calendars, newspaper, a scarf, or fabric remnants. According to the Sierra Club, if every family wrapped just three gifts with reusable materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
• Consider green gifts constructed from recycled materials, a homemade gift of photos or pottery, or even an experience like tickets to a show or sporting event. Order online and save gas – and patience!
• Receive a new computer, TV, or phone? Recycle old electronics or donate to a local non-profit and extend the life of valuable products.
• Install low flow aerators on sinks and low flow showerheads in the bathroom. You can reduce 40% of water used just by upgrading 2.5 gallon per minute (gpm) to 1.5 gpm fixtures.
• Support local farmers and add healthy produce to your holiday meal.
• Purchase energy-saving LED holiday lights and use 90% less energy than conventional lights. Light timers will also help conserve energy.