Top gift ideas for the energy saver in your life

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Smart Homes, Weatherization

Who is on your holiday shopping list this year? Do they want to make a meaningful impact to help the environment? Choosing gifts that help them use less energy while delivering comfort, convenience, and some of the latest cool gadgets is a no-brainer. Here are our picks for the latest green gifts this holiday season.

Do you have a little warmth to share?

The gift of giving could lower the utility bills for low-income neighbors. Contribute to the Button Up Vermont fund to help your neighbors weatherize their homes.

Price range: whatever you can give. Donate now.

Be in control and use energy wisely with connected plugs

Smart plugs turn almost anything with a plug into a smart device. Smart plugs let you control various small appliances and devices without needing to be in arm’s reach, or even be at home. Their price starts low, making a great stocking stuffer for the “smart home curious” person on your list.

Price range: Around $10-100. Shop now.

A solar energy bank that keeps your devices going on the go

Live off the grid, if only for an afternoon. Portable and lightweight, these solar chargers are great for the outdoor enthusiasts with gear to keep the adventure on track. Find one that’s right for you on Good Housekeeping's 8 Best Solar-Powered Phone Chargers of 2020.

Price range: $25 and up. Shop now.

Put greener lawn care under the tree

Battery operated electric mowers are quiet, convenient, and much greener than gas! In Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Washington Electric Coop, and Burlington Electric Department all have rebates to help offset the upfront cost of a new mower in 2020.

Price range: $400 and up. Find them at your local farm and garden or hardware store.

A thermostat that learns and helps you save

A smart thermostat is one piece of tech that can pay for itself. How? It learns from your usage, then self-programs to save you energy. We offer rebates on Nest, ecobee, and more.

Price range: $100-$250. Rebate: Up to $100. Shop now.

Smart light bulbs that do more than illuminate

Control the Philips Hue wireless LED lighting system via remote app, from anywhere. Turn off lights you left on, set automated timers, and turn lights on to greet you when you get home.

Price range: $150-$250 (starter kit). Shop now

Give convenience and savings from a smart hub

With smart home technology, you can set up more ways to “set it and forget it”—so your home doesn’t waste energy. Hubs are the cornerstone of any smart home. They connect and manage other smart devices using software and sensing technology, to more effectively control overall usage.

Price range: $60 and up. Shop now.

Replace your dated ceiling fan with a smart one

We’re all home a lot more; why not make an upgrade that saves? Everything in your house is getting smarter, including your ceiling fan. Smart ceiling fans can save energy without you ever having to lift a finger. They also come in some seriously stylish looks for the modern (and efficient!) home.

Price range: $600-$1,000. Shop now.

Happy holidays from Efficiency Vermont!