It’s the season to dig out the decorations and trim your tree, and any other part of your home that you think could use some holiday cheer. But if you’re hesitant to add multiple strings of lights because of rising energy costs, a inflatable snowman, or your blow mold nativity scene, you may want to rethink your design strategy.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can decorate your halls for the holidays without raising your electric bill. Here’s what to know.
Christmas decorations that don’t require electricity
Of course, going out and buying all new holiday decorations isn’t the most cost-effective solution, but if you’ve decorated in years past, you should already have at least a few things to work with. Here are some options:
If you’ve inherited vintage outdoor Christmas decorations from your parents or a family member, it Wood cutouts of various holiday and winter characters may be included – Santa, reindeer, snowmen, carol singers and other usual suspects. They usually have a stake in the bottom that can be driven into a lawn or other unpaved area.
wreaths and garlands
Who doesn’t love a festive wreath or some evergreen garland? Whether yours are fresh or artificial, they don’t require electricity to add some holiday cheer inside or outside your home. If you already have a string of lights woven into a wreath or garland, you can still hang them without turning them on.
solar powered decorations and lights
Need a way to brighten up your outdoor decor? Opt for solar-powered spotlights, which can be found at most hardware and big-box stores as well as online retailers. Plus, you can use them for other purposes throughout the year.
Plus, there are more solar-powered light-up Christmas decorations available now than in years past. If it’s something you’re interested in, you can always buy and try a few this year, and if you like them, stock up for next year when they go on sale after Christmas.