The Best Gifts do Great Things this Holiday Season
Tis the season for plates piled high with food, tinsel by the truckload and spending quality time with those you love most. Whether you are spinning the dreidel or topping the tree, this time of year is also the biggest shopping season of the year, and that means many of us are making a list and checking it more than once. Before you head to the mall, make sure that you are choosing gifts that will do great things this holiday season. ENERGY STAR certified home electronics have all of the latest features and functions, with the added bonus that they save energy and help protect the climate. Check out our list of the best gifts that can do great things for the planet this holiday season!
ENERGY STAR’s Best Gifts 2015
1. ENERGY STAR Certified Televisions: TVs are a perineal favorite on holiday shopping lists. This year, make sure your loved one also gets the gift of energy savings with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR. Televisions that have earned the ENERGY STAR are on average 30% more energy efficient than other models, saving your family energy and money all year long. Bonus tip: Make sure your TV’s automatic brightness feature—if it has one-- is enabled. Reducing the brightness of a TV when it’s not needed by employing ambient light control features can further reduce power consumption.
2. Speakers, Sound Bars and More: Home audio is changing to integrate seamlessly with your TV sound while ultimately enhancing your entertainment experience. Sound bars and wireless speakers enhance flat-panel TV sound and create more of a home theater experience, giving you flexibility in where you put your speakers and allowing you to play music from one room to another. ENERGY STAR sound bars are 78% more efficient than other products.
3. Laptops, Tablets and Computers: These days lots of people are watching their favorite shows on mobile devices like laptops and tablets, and these will be big gifts this year. Make sure you look for the ENERGY STAR to save energy and money. Labeled devices use the least amount of energy for movie watching, helping your family long after the holidays. ENERGY STAR certified computers are on average 60% more energy efficient than other models, making for another great environmentally friendly gift. For those who use a monitor instead of a TV to watch online shows, ENERGY STAR certified monitors are approximately 25% more energy efficient than other monitors.
Make sure that the gifts you purchase are ENERGY STAR certified. If every TV, DVD, and home theatre system purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save $150 million and prevent 2 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to the annual emissions of 175,000 cars. Now that is something to be thankful for this holiday season! Need a little more help finding the best gifts? Check out this video today. Happy shopping!
About the Author: Verena Radulovic develops and manages various product specifications for the ENERGY STAR program, including televisions, displays and audio/video products.