Energy Extra! Top ten cool tech gifts that keep you energy efficient
Holidays are often a time of excess with food, spending, and energy consumption, but this year you can still lavish your loved ones with the hottest new technology while still keeping things energy efficient. Here is our countdown of some of the best energy-efficient tech gifts out there!
Number 10: Solar plant alert.
From an energy perspective, houseplants are silent heroes: refreshing the air, soaking up sunlight—giving you a reason to bring natural daylight into your home, and generally just brightening your mood. Keep your fauna vibrant in an efficient way with the Thirsty Plant DIY kit and earn some points with that do-it-yourselfer on your list, while you’re at it!
Number 9: Better-sealing dog doors.
Want to dote on your furry family members but shiver when you walk by that door flap in the winter? With the Freedom Pet Pass pet door, you can give your pet the freedom they deserve without the loss of heat often associated with traditional doors.
Number 8: Light-up cycling gloves.
Biking is not only a great way to help the environment, but getting out and exercising helps counter those bad energy habits we tend to form in the winter. Zackees Turn Signal Gloves help your biking buddy stay safe while being high tech.
Number 7: Connected home innovations.
With the internet of things happening all around us, high-tech homes are becoming a viable reality. Several companies have created programmable thermostats and other products that connect to each other for even better energy efficiency. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ programs itself, automatically saves energy when you’re away, and can be controlled using your phone. In independent studies, Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. There are also WiFi-connected smoke alarms that speak to other smart devices and will signal your thermostat to turn off the furnace if it detects Carbon Monoxide in your home. Efficiency for your home through your phone.
Number 6: Sensor-driven power.
This gift is great for helping the forgetful family member power down when they’re not in the room. The WattStopper Isole’ Power Strip is just one of the products WattStopper produces with the intent to save energy. Plug your computer, monitor, and other electronic devices into this power strip and place the tethered sensor under your desk and a few minutes after you get up from your desk, those power-hungry machines will automatically power down.
Number 5: Designer light bulbs.
Bring a little light into someone’s Christmas this year while helping them become more energy-efficient. Plumen light bulbs are elegant as well as energy-efficient and can be the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Number 4: Tablets.
Still hot after all these years, tablets such as the iPad, Kindle fire, and Nook each pack a punch of computing power that is far more energy efficient than laptops or desktop computers. Plus, with all of the holiday deals out there, you are sure to find a tablet for every price point on your shopping list.
Number 3: Back to school kits.
Okay, so back to school technically already happened, but what about that college co-ed on your list? This Energy Efficient School Kit will get any student started in thinking about energy efficiency when they get back to campus after the New Year. This gift can also double as a great office gift for your co-workers.
Number 2: Solar backpack.
No more worrying about low battery life on your phone or laptop, any one of these Solar Backpacks allow you to charge your devices in style and on the go. For added fun, customize the contents to the recipient by filling the pack with things like gift cards, trail mix, a great book, or wool socks.
And our number one 2015 energy-efficient cool tech gift: Projectors.
So this is actually two different products, but they both have a cool factor that warrants top of the chart placement. Mini projectors for your phone or tablet come in many different price points and sizes and can project your device screen to larger than life using less energy than your home television. Whereas, the Celluon EPIC laser projection keyboard projects a full-sized, fully-functional keyboard on any flat surface—allowing you to do even more with your energy-efficient tablet.
Hopefully, this will give you plenty of ideas on how to be energy efficient in your Christmas shopping while not losing the “great gifter” status. Happy Holidays from IGS Energy!