This holiday season, consider giving your loved ones gifts that give back, throughout the whole year through with gifts of efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recommends gifts that will help your friends and family give back to the environment, and save money on their monthly utility bills. The typical household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills. Many of the gifts of efficiency ideas presented below are designed to combat the fight against high utility bills so that the gift-recipient may enjoy monetary savings year ’round.
1) Smart Thermostat
Give the gift of a healthy home.
For the person who always has the latest smart phone, a smart thermostat is one of the greatest gifts you could ask for, trust us. These smart phone, and PC compatible devices can learn your heating and cooling preferences, which allows it to automatically program itself. Talk about efficient!
2) Advanced Power Strips
Give the gift of control.
Your holiday tree. Those new gadgets on your wish list. Your entertainment system. Some, if not all of these may be running up your electricity bill, even when they’re off. While not the most exciting gift, advanced power strips featuring auto shut-off technology make the perfect stocking stuffer, as they’ll keep energy vampires at bay.
4) Portable Device Charger
Give the gift of freedom.
For the gadget-carrying loved one in your life, a portable device charger is not only nice, it’s a necessity. These battery, or solar, powered devices can be used to recharge smart phone, tablet, GPS devices, and music players several times over while on the go. Solar powered device chargers are the perfect companion for outdoor enthusiasts.
Give the gift of warmth.
No matter what fiber you go with – cotton, wool, fleece, or linen, blankets are sure to be the gift that keeps on giving, year after year. There’s is nothing quite like snuggling into a blanket on a cold winter morning. It’s also one of the easiest and most inexpensive gifts you can buy for your loved ones this holiday season.
Give the gift of savings.
Heating and cooling accounts for approximately half of your home’s energy costs. Lighting accounts for another 25% of that same energy. Weatherization makes the perfect gift for those with higher than average utility bills, as it is their first line in defense when looking to save energy, and money on energy costs. Weatherization, including insulation, measures are some of the least expensive ways to fight the battle against high utility bills.