Put Energy Efficiency on Your Holiday Gift List

Put Energy Efficiency on Your Holiday Gift List

Put Energy Efficiency on Your Holiday Gift List

Energy efficiency is a gift that keeps on giving year-round in lower utility bills and increased home comfort. These energy-saving gift ideas make great stocking stuffers for the do-it-yourselfers on your list, and many of them cost less than $30, so they won't break your holiday budget.

  • Programmable thermostats—allow users to save energy by adjusting household temperatures automatically, based on the time of day. Smart models, that program themselves and can be controlled remotely, are now available.
  • Low-flow showerheads—can reduce water usage up to 50 percent for a typical shower, conserving water and lowering water heating costs.
  • Faucet aerators—save water and the energy it takes to heat that water. Kitchen aerators save an average of 3 gallons of water per day, while bathroom aerators typically save 2.4 gallons.
  • Furnace filters—can save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs if they are replaced once per month.
  • Caulking and weatherstripping—make a home more comfortable and save energy all yearlong, just by sealing gaps around doors and windows.

If you don't get overly excited about leaving a tube of caulk under the tree, consider giving ENERGY STAR rated appliances and equipment. ENERGY STAR qualified products use less energy than standard models.

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