Holiday gift ideas

The holidays are fast approaching, and reaching the end of your festive to-do list might feel like an enormous task. Between baking, writing cards, and attending all of those family get-togethers, you might find yourself thinking – “did I even finish buying presents?”

If you haven’t, don’t sweat. Rather than stocking up on the usual gift cards and chocolates, think outside the box and inside the home. Energy-saving gadgets can be fun and unexpected gifts for the loved ones in your life. Not only are you helping to do your part to save energy and the environment, but you’ll definitely earn some “cool” points from your friends and family.

Here are some energy-saving holiday gift ideas:

SMART THERMOSTAT

If you know someone that’s looking to automate their home, consider giving them a smart thermostat. These Wi-Fi connected thermostats can be controlled from your smart device whether you’re at home or halfway across the world. Features vary between brands, but many can learn from your behaviours to set a schedule, give you data about your home’s energy use, and communicate with other smart home devices and appliances.

SMART LED LIGHTING

Customizing the lighting system in your home has never been easier! Smart LED lighting systems connect to your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and let you control your light functions and colour from your smart device. Some can even be synced to movies or music, so this is the perfect gift for the entertainment enthusiast in your life.

SMART PLUG

Smart plugs can be added to existing outlets to provide Wi-Fi connectivity. When you plug lamps, small appliances, or electronics into the smart plug, you can control their functions through your smart device. You might even want to scoop one up for yourself and use it for your holiday tree.

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Virtual assistants, like the Amazon Alexa and the Google Home, are a great way to coordinate the use of all your smart home devices. Turn down your thermostat, turn on your lights, and illuminate your tree, all just by using voice commands.

ADVANCED POWER STRIP

Do you have a friend or family member that has a bunch of entertainment gadgets? An advanced power strip might be just the thing they need. Electronics like gaming consoles and Blu-ray players still use some energy when left idle, and an advanced power strip can help to reduce or eliminate this standby power. Plug your TV into the master outlet and your connected devices into controlled outlets – when you shut the TV off, power will be cut to the other devices too.


Give the gift of energy savings this holiday season. Energy-saving devices will save money for years to come, so they’re truly gifts that keep on giving!