With the holiday season fast approaching, you may find yourself scrambling for gift ideas. If you’re thinking about giving an electronic gift, be sure to consider the item’s energy consumption, so you’re not costing your friends or loved ones on their electricity bill. Here are a few high-quality gift ideas that are energy-efficient and anywhere from $10 to $100.
- Belkin Conserve Valet ($39.99): Leaving your rechargeable devices plugged in beyond their full capacity not only hurts battery life, but is an unnecessary expense on your electricity bill. With Belkin’s smart charging station, you can charge four mobile devices at once, and the unit shuts off all power – including standby power – once everything is fully charged.
- Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 ($59.99): If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves Apple products, look no further. This wireless keyboard’s solar panels can charge from any light source, including indoor lighting, and the unit can pair with any Mac, iPad or iPhone. You can even switch between your devices with the touch of a button.
- Lenmar Meridien iPhone 5 Battery Case ($99.99): With our ever-growing dependence on mobile devices to stay connected and informed, a dead smartphone is extremely frustrating and inconvenient. For iPhone 5 or 5s users, this rubber battery case offers an alternative to bulky and heavy portable battery chargers or having to keep your phone off to conserve power. The lithium battery can double the run time of your iPhone, and can be charged with your iPhone through a standard USB charging cable. Lenmar also makes similar products for Samsung Galaxy 3 and 4 smartphones.
- EcoButton($9.99): The EcoButton is a simple, inexpensive yet effective way to help computer users increase their energy savings. The 2009 winner of the Environment and Energy Award for Energy Product of the Year is a USB computer plug-in that lets you instantly put your computer to sleep, and calculates how much energy and money you saved instead of leaving your computer running.
The holidays are a time to splurge on your friends and loved ones, but don’t purchase a gift that forces them to splurge on their electricity. No matter your budget, there are endless options for energy-efficient gifts. To make your gifts the model of energy-efficiency, remember to use recycled wrapping paper or reuse last year’s paper!