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The Best Gifts: Shopping for Your Favorite Teacher

Gift giving season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but it’s always tough for me to find the best gifts for everyone on my list. One of my biggest challenges is finding a meaningful, yet low cost gift for the important helpers in my life, like the teachers at my child’s daycare.

Well this year I decided to give them a gift that keeps on giving for years to come—an ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb. With this gift I am not just giving them a light bulb, I am giving them $50 in energy savings over the lifetime of that bulb! And it isn’t just any old bulb, but one with the latest in LED technology, and most importantly, the trusted ENERGY STAR label. Because it’s an ENERGY STAR certified bulb, it gives the added piece of mind that it has been third-party certified to rigorous performance standards.

Did you know?

  • ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than standard bulbs and last 15 times longer.
  • By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save about $40 each year.
  • If every American home replaced just one light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3.5 million homes for a year and save more than $530 million in annual energy costs.
  • Holiday lights that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 75 percent less energy than an incandescent light string.

I am even including the ENERGY STAR gift tag with each bulb, with a message that says: Inside is an LED light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR label! That means it will light up your life for a very long time and save you money on your electricity bill! More than $50 over the lifetime of the bulb! May your holidays be bright!

This year remember that the best gifts (even the smallest ones) do great things!

To find other great gifts that do great things visit www.energystar.gov/holiday .

By: Taylor Jantz-Sell, ENERGY STAR Lighting Products Manager