The holidays are here. Have you finished your shopping, or are there a few names left on your shopping list that completely stump you? If you’re not sure what to give those hard-to-buy-for folks, energy-efficient gifts are a good fit for virtually everyone. Here’s our top five list of energy-efficient gifts:
1. A tablet
Technology gifts are among the most desired, year after year. Tablets use less electricity than desktops or laptops, and because they spend less time plugged into power outlets they also draw less phantom power. With many power-saving styles and top brands to choose from, it’s possible to find an energy-saving tablet that meets the needs of virtually any gift recipient.
2. Pressure cooker
Pressure cookers have been around since before the discovery of electricity, and they offer a great way to cook with less energy. The buildup of steam inside a sealed vessel creates pressure that speeds up the cooking process. Because they cut cooking time significantly, pressure cookers consume less energy to get the job done. Add a pressure cooker cook book to the gift bag, and you’ll have an energy-saving gift the recipient will use for years to come.
3. Solar-powered smartphone/cellphone charger
Not only is charging a device with solar power cheaper than plugging it in, it’s better for the environment. Plus, when your loved one uses a solar device to charge his or her phone, they won’t leave a charging cord plugged into the wall to draw phantom energy.
4. A luxury low-flow showerhead
The more hot water you use in the shower, the more energy you need to heat that water. Low-flow showerheads can reduce the amount of water consumed, and lower electricity costs by as much as $145 a year, according to ENERGY STAR®. Manufacturers have made advances in the past few years to make their low-flow showerheads more luxurious, visually appealing and effective, so it’s possible to find one that fits any décor and individual taste.
5. Power tools
Rechargeable power tools require electricity, and older models might consume more than you’d imagine. Newer model power tools – such as drills, sanders and screwdrivers – that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use less electricity to do the same job. In fact, if everyone switched to ENERGY STAR qualified power tools, we’d save 2 billion kWh hours of electricity and eliminate 1.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions!
Finally, if you really want to go big with an energy-efficient gift for someone special – and have the budget for it – energy-efficient appliances or a high-efficiency hybrid vehicle can be unforgettable gifts that keep on giving for years!