Save Energy This Valentines Day!

February 14th is usually a day filled with pink candies, red cinnamon hearts and roses, expensive wine bottles, and heart-shaped chocolate boxes. Let's show some love for our planet and make this Valentines Day green! So how can we save energy during this year's celebration of love? It's easier than you think! We've got a few ideas that will keep the romance alive and the energy waste at a minimum for a greener Valentines Day celebration.

  • Ladies, get dolled up for your romantic evening but aim for eco-friendly products and gadgets. For example, if you plan to blow dry your hair, use a low watt dryer. Better yet, skip the hair dryer and let your locks be themselves!
  • Gentlemen, have you got a "romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant followed by a drive in the moonlight" type of date planned? Go for a stroll in the moonlight instead.
  • Save the environment from your car and reduce your carbon footprint by planning a romantic evening at home.
  • Minimize the use of electricity and turn off your computers, unplug unnecessary appliances and turning off the lights. Try a romantic dinner by candle light instead for an energy saving ambiance.
  • Turn down the thermostat and snuggle up to your loved one for a romantic film or a quiet evening in front of the fireplace.
  • Here's another tip for the gentlemen: Want to buy your sweetheart a beautiful bouquet of roses? Forget the cliche and get her a seasonal arrangement of local blooms. Does she have a green thumb and love to garden? Get her a potted plant, a gift that she can grow.

There are tons of ways to save energy this February 14th and even more ways you can be eco-friendly! This Valentines Day, tell your sweetheart and the Earth, "I love you."

For more ideas, visit the Guardian's interactive article, Do Valentines day the green way.