Energy Efficient Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Season
What’s better than giving the gift of savings year-round? Giving a gift that saves energy and money!
We’re always on the lookout for efficient products that use less electricity and help people conserve more energy. This year there are more products than ever that are geared towards energy-conscious consumers. While you’re making your list and checking it twice, consider giving a few of these energy-efficient gifts this holiday season.
Gift for Data Junkies: Emporia Vue Energy Monitor
At Spark Energy, we give you a lot of information on your monthly electric use so that you can take steps to reduce energy consumption. But not all electric suppliers provide the same level of insight.
If a friend or family member doesn’t have a smart meter and wants the ability to track their energy consumption 24/7 the Emporia Vue Energy Monitor is the perfect gift. The monitor provides real-time energy use data as well as appliance monitoring to help users conserve energy. With the app you can monitor your home’s electric use from anywhere and know whenever more energy is being used than expected with predictive alerts.
Gift for the Home Chef: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Did you know pressure cookers use up to 70% less energy than regular pots and pans? In many cases, a pressure cooker is also much more energy-efficient than using the oven.
Anyone who enjoys cooking a meal at home will appreciate the energy savings and versatility of a pressure cooker, especially if they get an Instant Pot for Christmas. This top-rated pressure cooker was tested by Good Housekeeping and got high scores across the board. Its digital controls and safety features make it easy enough for novice home cooks, but the performance and multi cooking options will have true foodies salivating. Of course, for the experienced chef, you can always upgrade to the Instant Pot Ultra.
Gift for Someone Who Loves Options: Phillips LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit
If someone on your list is already using LED holiday lights, then they’d probably love unwrapping the Phillips White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit. Not only will the recipient get a super-efficient set of light bulbs, but they’ll also be able to control them from anywhere and create schedules. Being able to control the bulbs from afar improves safety and helps reduce energy use even more.
Phillips packs in a lot more features that will make these light bulbs one of the most high-tech things in the house. The LED bulbs in the kit:
Can be voice-controlled through Amazon Alexa.
Give off light in 16 million different colors.
Are compatible with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.
Last for 25,000 hours.
Know someone who already has the Hue hub? There are several accessories like the Hue dimmer switch that can expand the functionality of these impressive energy-efficient bulbs.
Gift for the Avid Outdoor Lover: Portable Solar Panel
Camping helps you unwind and leaves the worries of our modern world behind, but completely disconnecting is hard to do. At one time if you wanted electric power for your campsite you had to pack a gas-powered generator. With ever-expanding solar power technology, those days are long gone.
A portable solar panel is a cleaner, quieter version of the traditional generator. They fold up for easy transport and can provide enough power for an RV, trailer and truck campers. The DOKIO’s 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Panel is our top pick for off-grid, renewable energy. It’s got everything you need to produce and monitor solar energy at a price that’s very competitive.
Gift for an Eco-Conscious Fashionista: Aero Collapsible Drying Rack
Most people would never guess that clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy consumers in the home. They can quickly get garments dry, but a clothes dryer isn’t a necessity. Plus, some clothing items last longer if they aren’t dried.
With the Aero Collapsible Laundry Folding Clothes Drying Rack air drying clothes has never been easier. This wall-mounted rack can be used by apartment dwellers without a yard and when the weather takes a turn for the worst. It’s the equivalent of a 22’ drying line but collapses in on itself when not in use so that it sits just five inches off the wall.
Give yourself the gift of an electric plan that costs less per kWh. Spark Energy provides cost-effective energy plans for millions of customers across the country. Find the plan that fits your needs and lock in a fixed rate all the way through the next holiday season!