We all know the feeling of agonising over a Christmas gift for a loved one. What should you get them? Vouchers are so impersonal. DVDs are so outdated. Socks are so… well actually, socks are great. Everyone should buy loved ones socks. But if you’re stuck for other ideas, why not go down the energy saving route? Everyone loves saving energy, because it means you can save a bit of money, too. So we’ve put together a definitive list of energy saving gift ideas for a loved one this Christmas.
Smart phones. Tablets. Headphones. People have so many devices these days, with so few places to charge them. And an array of leads plugged into the wall is an energy drain on any household. But a charging station fixes all of that for a gadget enthusiast. Stick one of these into the wall and there could be as many as eight devices charging at any one time, all using the power of just one outlet. And when all the devices are unplugged, most devices will cease using the power, saving energy in the process.
Energy efficient kettle
A recent study of 86,000 UK households found that 95% of people boiled the kettle every day, with 40% boiling water five times a day or more. That’s a lot of cups of tea, and a lot of energy wasted. That’s where energy efficient kettles can help. They cut down the amount of electricity used to boil the same amount of water. Many of them also come with built in thermal technology that can keep water piping hot for hours, saving the need to reboil the kettle. Perfect for a pal who loves a hot brew.
LED light bulbs
We can anticipate the awkwardness of your best friend or beloved sibling holding a box of light bulbs on Christmas Day. The look that says “Really? I got you that lovely cashmere scarf and you got me light bulbs?” But hear us out on this one, because LED light bulbs have been hailed as the future of home lighting. Compared to old fashioned incandescent bulbs, LED light bulbs use 90% less energy, so the savings to be made long term are immense. They can also last up to a whopping 30 years, so you’d be sparing a friend the need to wobble on the dining room chair to change their burnt out bulbs.
Who says you can’t gift wrap the power to control your heating from your phone? Smart thermostats have revolutionised the way we heat our homes, making it more nimble and less confusing. They allow on-the-go control of the home via a mobile device, which helps eliminate energy wastage. This even helps save a few pounds in the long run and, like we’ve already said, everyone loves saving a bit of money. Our recommended smart thermostat is the Nest Thermostat E. It has a quick and easy setup and once running will adapt to routines, meaning that it’ll just quietly get on saving energy for the household.
Hot water bottle
A First Utility energy tariff will keep a home nice and warm all winter long. But on days when you’re feeling unwell and need a bit of TLC, the good old fashioned hot water bottle can help. They can heat a bed up in just ten minutes without the need to crank up the heating for extended periods, and with a woolly covering they’ll provide extra insulation. Here’s a little known fact for you. Hot water bottles were first used in the 16th century, where the dying embers of campfires were placed into containers to warm up beds before sleep. Nice to see how the old techniques persevere.
If you’re envious of your friends saving energy, you can get in on the act as well. Upgrade to a smart meter and you’ll be more in control of your energy usage, which could save you money in the long run.
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