Energy-Saving Tips in Time for the Holidays—Part 2
This post is the second in our month-long series featuring tips to help Virginians reduce energy use during this holiday season. Click to see part 1.
Some folks are just hard to buy for no matter how early you start shopping! If you want to be energy conscious and help those close to you value their power throughout the year, check out our energy-saving gift ideas:
- Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs make great stocking stuffers. Year-round lighting accounts for up to 25% of a home’s electric use—making a CFL bulb the gift that keeps on giving!
- For the DIY person on your list, consider giving them local hardware store gift cards so they can make energy improvements to their home.
- If you’re handy, consider giving the gift of home improvement assistance. A personal ‘coupon’ to install motion sensor lights (or similar projects) can help your gift recipient save energy all year long.
- Keep your loved ones warm this holiday season and help them save energy with the gift of warmth. Blankets, warm sweaters, fuzzy socks and slippers can help your friends and family members stay warm and cozy in their house, allowing them to turn back the thermostat a few degrees.
- Planning to gift a television, laptop, appliance or other electronics? Check the Energy Star guidelines to make sure your gift is energy-efficient. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.holiday_shopping