Holiday Gadgets Guide: 9 Energy-Saving Gifts for Everyone on Your List
The holiday season often has us wracking our brains for fun, useful gifts for friends and family. Fortunately, Virginia Energy Sense is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of nine gadgets that are sure to delight everyone on your list. Better yet, each of these unique gift ideas will present your loved ones with the opportunity to reap energy and cost savings, a gift that will keep on giving!
- For the person who has everything: smart LED bulbs Smart LED bulbs can be adjusted from a smartphone or manually to automate it to adapt to your routines, and can last up to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. (Avg. cost: $15)
- For the hard-to-please teen: solar rechargeable speakersThese waterproof speakers play music for up to ten hours on a full solar-powered charge and connect to phones and mp3 devices via Bluetooth for playing music outdoors and on the go, electricity-free. (Avg. cost: $130)
- For the rustic living homebody: chimney draft stopperDesigned for when a fireplace is not blazing, keeping you warm and cozy, the chimney draft stopper prevents drafts from entering the home with an inflatable, reusable and long-lasting bag. (Avg. cost $50-$65)
- For the relative who’s always cold: air deflectors & vent coversTo help keep your loved ones toasty this winter – and avoid continually increasing your indoor heating — air deflectors redirect heated air downward (and cool air from the air conditioner upward) to better blend room temperatures. (Avg. cost $4-$6)
- For the outdoors enthusiast: solar-powered backpackPerfect for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, a solar-powered backpack can charge multiple electronic devices at one time using a detachable solar panel. (Avg. cost $50-$200)
- For the thrifty bill payer: energy saving outletGreat for appliances that are only used occasionally, the outlet uses a timer to reduce vampire power (energy being drawn from an outlet by a device even when not in use), which can account for up to $100 per year in energy costs. (Avg. cost $7-$11)
- For the busy city dweller: smart window air conditionerAn attractive and more efficient replacement for clunky, outdated window units, a smart window air conditioner learns residents’ schedules to efficiently cool a home only when needed. (Avg. cost: $250)
- For the crafty DIY gift giver: door draft stopperA draft stopper placed beneath a door is an easy fix to prevent air leaks and keep warm air contained in a room. For a fun winter activity, crafters and DIY’ers can even make these themselves with festive fabrics sewn around old socks or a pool noodle. (Avg. cost $10-$20)
- For your favorite techie: motion sensor lightingAn easily-installed motion sensor can automatically switch lights on when someone enters a room and then turn them off when they leave, reducing lighting costs that account for 11% of household energy bills. (Avg. cost $20-$30)
Each of these gifts, available at your favorite local hardware stores, electronics store or online retailers, are sure to be a hit with the lucky recipients in your life and help them reduce energy consumption and save money all year round! And while you’re shopping, be sure to pick up your favorite gadget for use in your own home.
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