All that considered, what about an energy monitor for Christmas? No-one would argue it’s the most exciting or romantic of gifts, but it could be just what a thrifty loved-one is waiting to get in their stocking. In fact, you could argue it’s the definitive ‘for life, not just for Christmas’ gift – every time the figures are checked, the recipient will associate you with their (hopefully) reducing energy bills.
Similarly, smart Wi-Fi plugs like this one from TP-Link can be an attractive option for getting remote control of how much energy you’re using through home entertainment and gadgetry, while it also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control when you’re around.
There are a number of attractive energy saving gadgets out there that may appeal to those you care about. How about a solar-powered electric socket that sticks to windows, whether at home or on the go, and can power up a smart phone in times of need?
For the tech-savvy cycling obsessive, these pedal-powered head and tail light-meets-phone chargers could be the Christmas surprise they’ve been waiting for.
Or maybe for that special someone (with a chilly home) you like to snuggle up with in the cold months, a low energy consumption radiator booster to warm rooms quicker and reduce bills could be just the ticket. What could be better than the gift of warmth in the deep midwinter?
We’re not arguing that every gift you buy should be energy or sustainability-themed, but a more conscious approach to a Christmas splurge can mean some serious money saved in the medium and long-term, as well as making a useful contribution to the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home.