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Bright ideas for safe and sustainable festive decorations in strata buildings

'Tis the season to be jolly, and there's nothing quite like the warm glow of festive decorations to bring holiday cheer. As strata managers and building owners, creating a festive atmosphere in communal spaces is a wonderful way to foster community spirit.

However, it's essential to strike a balance between creating a merry ambiance and ensuring safety and energy efficiency. Here are some bright ideas to help you deck the halls with care and savings.

1. Safety first, always

When it comes to decorating communal spaces, safety should be your top priority. Ensure all decorations, lights, and extension cords are in good condition and comply with safety standards. Replace any damaged or worn-out items promptly to avoid potential hazards.

2. Embrace LED lights

Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are a game-changer when it comes to energy efficiency. They consume up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. Encourage the use of LED lights in communal areas to create a festive atmosphere while keeping energy bills in check.

3. Motion sensors for outdoor decorations

Consider installing motion sensors for outdoor decorations. This nifty addition ensures that lights only illuminate when someone is nearby, saving energy and adding an element of surprise for passers-by.

4. Educate and engage residents

Encourage residents to join in the effort to create a sustainable and safe festive environment. Provide tips on energy-efficient decorating and promote a collective commitment to conservation.

5. Opt for solar-powered decorations

Harness the power of the sun to illuminate your communal spaces. Solar-powered decorations are not only eco-friendly but also cost-effective in the long run. They charge during the day and automatically light up at night, providing a sustainable and hassle-free festive display.

6. Time decorations wisely

Set timers for your decorations to ensure they are only on during specific hours. This way, you can spread holiday cheer without unnecessarily consuming energy around the clock.

7. Decorate with nature

Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside by incorporating natural elements into your decorations. While Queensland is unlikely to have pinecones or holly branches you can use, opt for an Aussie twist, and use native plants for some local flavour. Not only will you add a touch of rustic charm but also promote sustainability.

8. Recycle and reuse

Get creative with your decorations by repurposing items from previous years. Not only does this save money, but it also reduces waste and supports a more sustainable approach to decorating.

9. Consider the environmental impact

When choosing decorations, opt for eco-friendly materials. Look for items made from recycled or sustainable materials to reduce the environmental footprint of your festive display.

10. Explore Altogether's Energy and Water Solutions

Looking for long-term savings? Altogether Group offers tailored energy and water solutions for strata buildings. These solutions are designed to lower operating costs while promoting sustainable practices. Find out more about how Altogether can partner with your strata community here.

Remember, creating a festive atmosphere in communal spaces is not just about spreading holiday cheer – it's also an opportunity to promote safety and sustainability. By adopting these bright ideas, you can ensure a joyful and eco-conscious holiday season for your strata community.

Wishing you a season filled with warmth, joy, and energy savings!

We sincerely thank our Platinum Partners Altogether Group for this editorial.



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