Holiday gift ideas that make an impact

 Interested in going green with your gift giving this year? Or not sure what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Here are some holiday gift ideas that will keep on giving by helping you save energy and money throughout the year.

These Wi-Fi enabled thermostats help you reduce your heating and cooling costs by automatically adjusting the temperature by a few degrees at certain times. They also offer the convenience of controlling your thermostat anytime from your smartphone or computer

If a new home appliance is on your holiday wish list, consider asking Santa for one with the ENERGY STAR label. JOEMC offers rebates on energy efficient appliances, heat pumps and water heaters. Visit for details.

The switch from desktop computers to laptops provide huge energy savings and the switch to tablets will save even more. Tablets cost under $2 a year to charge and are more than 25 times cheaper to power than the average desktop. (Tip courtesy of Alliance to Save Energy)

The number of solar-powered gizmos has exploded in recent years. You can find solar-powered lights, cellphones and battery chargers, and solar backpacks. And what better way to teach kids about renewable energy than buying them a solar-powered toy?




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