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6 Ideas for Energy-Saving Holiday Gifts

From smart thermostats to LED lights, these gifts can save energy and help manage your bills.
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6 Ideas for Energy-Saving Holiday Gifts

From smart thermostats to LED lights, these gifts can save energy and help manage your bills.

The holidays can be a time of increased costs, sapped energy and stress, but you can lessen those worries with a few simple steps. Here are six ideas to save energy and help manage bills this season.

1.    Visit SCE’s Marketplace for Smart Product Ideas

Energy-saving products can be a great gift to save energy throughout the year. Get information about smart products, programs and tools at SCE’s Marketplace. This online source will help you search products for energy-saving scores, read reviews from leading retailers and experts, rebates, price drop alerts and more. It is a smart way to find an energy-saving gift idea. Go to:

2.    Give a Gift of Smart Thermostats – and save up to $150

A smart thermostat can make a great gift. They are easy to use and are good for the environment. Visit to learn more about our programs.

3.    Help Others With Energy Needs

This holiday season, Southern California Edison and smart thermostat maker Nest are encouraging donations to local Energy Assistance Funds (EAFs) that help families in need with their energy bills. Learn more about giving the gift of light by making a tax-deductible donation to your local EAF at

4.    Save Energy With LED Holiday Lights

Consider using LED lights when decorating. They generate less heat and last up to 10 times longer than traditional lights. They can also use 75 percent less energy than typical incandescent light strands. This can add up to other savings.

5.    Time Light Use Wisely

Use timers for your holiday lights and set them so they automatically turn off when you go to bed. You can save energy by using decorative lighting only when everyone can enjoy them.

6.    Unplug and Save Energy on Vacation

If you are taking this time to unwind away from home, remember televisions, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics still use energy even when they are turned off. Unplug these items before you go on vacation, and enjoy the energy savings.

SCE has many other resources and programs that can help you manage your energy costs and reduce energy use. Get more energy-saving ideas for your home here.

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