ENERGY-SAVING GIFTS THAT ARE SURE TO LIGHT UP THE SEASON
Another pair of socks? Not this year! When it comes to picking out just the right gifts, the DCSEU’s got you covered with the best and brightest in clever, energy-saving gadgets. Deliver comfort and convenience to every person on your holiday list, while spreading the joy that can only come from gifting greener.
PUT GREENER LAWN CARE UNDER THE TREE
Electric Lawn Mowers. Battery-operated electric mowers are quiet, convenient, and are greener than gas-powered models. At the DCSEU, we currently offer rebates for $75 on electric push mowers and $500 on riding mowers.
Price range: $200 and up.
TREAT THEM TO A NEW SPIN ON AN OLD FAVORITE
Electric Bicycles. As practical as they are fun to ride, electric bikes can take you farther and faster. Perfect for errands around town or a joy ride on the local bike path. We’re fans of Rad Power Bikes’ RadRover 6 Plus with its fat tires suited for trail, path, and street. Find them online or at your local bike/sporting shop.
Price range: $200 - $1,500+
DIAL IN YOUR GIVING WITH A GIFT THAT DIALS IN ENERGY SAVINGS
Smart Thermostat. What could make you merrier than a purchase that helps pay for itself? Smart thermostats learn from your usage, then self-program accordingly, saving you energy. The DCSEU offers money-saving rebates of up to $50 on smart thermostats. If you are in the market for a new programmable thermostat, you may want to consider signing up for Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards Program and receive a thermostat at no charge.
Price range: $100-$250.
BRIGHTEN UP THE HOLIDAYS – AND BEYOND
Smart Light Strips. Nothing creates ambiance like twinkling lights. While they brighten the holidays, they’re fun to use year-round, too. But are you still using incandescent string lights? It’s time to switch to longer-lasting LEDs. When paired with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, you can easily customize and program them, right from your phone. We like Greeni Prisma Strip kits. They’re a great value and use the same app as our preferred smart outlet.
Price range: $25-$100.
GIVE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Air Purifiers. Good indoor air quality is an essential part of a healthy home. Air purifiers refresh stale air and can reduce the chance of health issues caused by indoor pollutants – even airborne germs and viruses. Today’s purifiers come in a range of colors, sizes, filter types, and features, making them a good fit for any home. Be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR on potential air purifiers.
Price range: $65 - $2,500.
SHARE THE WARMTH WITH HEATED CLOTHING
Heated Accessories. Those winter layers don’t always cut it when temperatures hit below 30 degrees (let’s not mention the wind gust). One of the upsides of wearable technology is the addition of heated clothing. Try out a pair of electric socks, or a rechargeable heated scarf that Good House Keeping recommends you can gift this winter.
Prince range: $25 and up