Join the festivities!

Updated October 15, 2018

They don’t call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing! The holiday season is the time to bring family and friends together for delicious meals, thoughtful gifts and special get-togethers. However, all these celebrations can result in extra trash, huge laundry piles, fatty food waste and extra energy and water use. Not to worry - your Roseville Utilities are here to help!

Drop by the Utility Exploration Center November 5 through January 3 and explore our Home for the Holidays exhibit to gain useful hints on what you can do to ease holiday stress on you and your home during this busy time of year. Complete our quick and fun scavenger hunt while learning how to reduce waste and save energy and water, then receive a prize to help you conserve resources at home. (One prize per family, available while supplies last.)

Sneak peek at some tips to help you save:

• A home full of loved ones should shine! Light up your holidays for less with LED bulbs. In addition to using less energy, LED bulbs are cooler, making them safer to string on your tree than incandescent lights.

• Don’t let FOG ruin your feast. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) poured down the drain can cause nasty clogs that can back up your pipes. Don’t get bogged down by sewer clogs while you have a house full of guests. Collect your FOG in a sealable, non-breakable container and dispose of it properly. Roseville residents can call (916) 774-5780 to schedule convenient curbside pickup.

• Give your Christmas tree new life by recycling it into compost and wood chips. Unflocked trees can be cut up and placed in your green waste bin or brought to one of three drop-off sites around the City. Visit www.roseville.ca.us/christmastrees for dates and locations.

• Treat your trash can to a lighter load by updating your wrapping this year. The average household produces 25% more waste during the holiday season than any other time of the year. Reusable wrapping can help reduce the amount of waste you create while gift giving. Be creative - reuse wrapping paper and bows or wrap gifts in old maps, newspapers or fabric.

• ‘Tis the season to save water! Make sure there is plenty of water to go around by reminding guests to control water use. You can save 12.5 gallons per shower by limiting showers to five minutes or less. Every minute the kitchen faucet runs sends 2.5 gallons of water down the drain. Turn water off between rinsing dishes and make sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on.

For more great tips, stop by the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Mahany Park, to see the Home for the Holidays temporary exhibit November 5 through January 3. The Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call (916) 746-1550.

Please note: There will be no LED Holiday Light exchange this year. Please do not bring incandescent lights in to the Center for exchange.

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