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It’s getting easier and easier to be greener and greener these days. With established companies getting in on the action and newer choices springing up, you don’t need to look very far to make your home sustainable and eco-friendly.

Blue Christmas, White Christmas, Green Christmas?

It’s going to be a green, green Christmas this year — thanks to Home Depot’s annual Eco Options Christmas Light Trade-In event, HellaWella’s Deal of the Week.

From Nov. 3 through 13, bring in your old strings of holiday lights — working or not — and receive a coupon for up to $5 off the purchase of a new, energy-efficient LED light set.

This is the fourth year for the event, which recycles the old, traded-in lights.

Customers are limited to five redemptions. They are eligible to receive:

• $3-off coupon for Home Accents Holiday string lights;
• $4-off coupon for Martha Stewart Living or GE LED string lights; and
• $5-off coupon for EcoSmart or Lightshow LED lights.

The offer is valid at all Home Depot stores in the United States.

A green store is born

If you’re in the Austin, Texas, area, don’t forget to visit TreeHouse, a green-focused home improvement store. The company’s first retail location opened Oct. 22.

TreeHouse’s mission: Help people find solutions that allow them to live healthier, more efficient and sustainable lives.

“Becoming more responsible doesn’t have to mean overhauling everything you do; it’s easy to make incremental changes,” TreeHouse CEO Greg King said. “But whether you’re taking small steps or a big leap, we can help you do it by offering smart choices.”

Sustainable, healthy living products are organized across the store in the categories of health, performance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Merchandise includes paint, floor and wall coverings, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, cleaning supplies, storage and organization options, solar power products, plus a wide range of smart-home technology solutions that will allow customers to run their houses or businesses more efficiently. All products undergo a stringent screening process.

Energy-savings on the Web

Thanks to Thomason Ventures, green home living is just a click away. The company’s new website, AlternativeHomeProducts.com, features such energy-saving household products as inverter fuses, inverter remotes, solar panels, rechargeable lights, solar kits, solar accessories, wireless HD tuners, tools and power packs.

“We want to educate consumers about numerous products that are better for the environment and save money too,” said co-founder Tim Buescher. “We have some great products available that can help homeowners get off the grid and generate their own electricity.”

New products are added to the site routinely, and customers can search and browse for available products by category.