The countdown is on. So if you’ve still got a present of two left to purchase for the upcoming holidays, consider something that conserves energy—they’re the gifts that keeps on giving. If you need some ideas, check out our five last-minute holiday gifts that save energy.
Insulated Doggie Door
Got a leaky dog flap? The typical pet door doesn’t do much to help you save energy. But a number of companies have come out with great insulated door designs over the years that’ll help you seal in your winter warmth—and summer cool. It’s a great gift idea for anyone with four-legged friends. Click here to read more about some of the highest-rated pet doors of 2020.
It’s not just doggie doors that leak. Human doors, too, can be a major source of heat loss during the winter, especially at the bottom where exterior doors meet the threshold. Solution? Try a door snake.
No, we’re not talking cold-blooded reptiles here. A door snake is a soft tubular draft stopper that you place at the bottom of your door to help keep out the cold. Frost King makes a good one, though there are dozens available on the market—some even have cute snaky faces, if your gift recipient is into that sort of thing.
Smart Lighting Sensor
In a home already outfitted with a Z-Wave hub, smart lighting sensors are a great way to cut down on energy use. With a sensor like the GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Motion Light Switch, for example, you can set your lights to automatically turn on or off whenever you enter or leave a room.
Or you can control your lights from an app on your phone, even when you’re not home. And many are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Giftees will love this if they’re tired of making regular rounds through the house to make sure lights have been turned off.
With the help of an app, a smart plug lets you turn any appliance or device that plugs into a standard wall socket off and on remotely with your phone or through pre-programmed times.
Use a smart plug like the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 on your TV, cable box or any device that continues to use power on standby mode and you’ve got another great way to cut your energy costs. Or try one on a lamp as an added measure of security. You’ll be able to turn it off and on with your phone, set it to come on automatically at a certain time or link it to a smart motion sensor.
Smart Ceiling Fan
If you’re looking to spend a little more on your last-minute gift, consider sending savings with a spin with a smart ceiling fan. At several hundred dollars each, smart ceiling fans are on the pricier end. But they save energy by sensing the ambient temperature and then spinning only when needed to help make your home more comfy all year long. You can find smart ceiling fans at most home improvement stores—here are a few at Home Depot.