Start a new tradition and give the unexpected!
Not only can you cut your energy use, you can also gift a gift that saves energy!…. Help fight climate change and win $5 million for South Burlington (we have a 1:50 chance)! Below are a variety of gift ideas for you to have an impact:
Low Flow Shower Head
Your loved ones may be sending their hard-earned dollars down the drain without even knowing it. New low-flow shower heads have a great spray pattern for a comfortable, effective shower while cutting water usage in half. Upgrading saves them money in two ways: using less water lowers their water bill, and they’ll also heat less water which saves on their water heating bill which is usually electric, gas, or propane. They’ll pay back the cost of the shower head in a month and the savings continue forever. Ask at your favorite hardware store for their recommendation. Cost starts at only $10.
If a friend or family member still has a manual thermostat, they are probably missing out on a huge opportunity to save big on their heating bills. By lowering the temperature when they are not around, a programmable thermostat saves them energy and money. During the setback period when they are away or asleep, their house loses heat slower than if it was fully warm, so their total energy use goes down. For even more capabilities like smart phone enabled temperature monitoring and control, and automatic temperature control, consider a smart thermostat. Ask at your favorite hardware store for their recommendation. Cost for a programmable thermostat starts at only $35. Learn more >>
LED light bulbs
New LED light bulbs have amazing color quality, instant-on brightness, long life, full dimming capability, and they use about 1/6 the power of a standard incandescent bulb. Replacing just 10 incandescent bulbs with LEDs can save $100 EVERY YEAR! Plus less climbing on a ladder to change burned out bulbs. Also available at your favorite hardware store, starting at just $2 each. Give the gift of light – in energy efficient style.
You probably have friends whose electronics are sucking power even when they are not using them! Help them take control and cut the waste by putting a power strip on their entertainment center and plugging in their TV, stereo, game systems, DVD player, etc. When they are not using them, they can simply flip the switch to make sure they are totally off. They can also use a power strip on their computer, printer, monitor, cable modem, and router to stop the energy waste while they are sleeping. Just tell them to switch it off when they go to bed for big, easy savings. Power strips and smart power strips are available at your favorite hardware store, starting at about $5 each.
Other gift ideas that help the community:
- Gift memberships to Shelburne Museum, Echo, Shelburne farms
- Donations in their name to local charities
- A CSA membership for next year from a local farm
- Products from local producers: Maple syrup, chocolates, smoked hams and pork chops, cheeses, jams, maple candies, wines
- Arts and crafts from local artists