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Five Energy-Saving Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

By Jim Hanggi

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 five ideas to save energy and help manage your bills this season.

1.    Give a Gift of Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat can make a great gift. They are easy to use and are good for the environment. Plus, this season, Southern California Edison customers could qualify for a $125 sign-up bonus per household and up to a $60 annual bill credit. Visit sce.com/rebates to learn more. 

2.    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 conventional incandescent light strands. This can add up to other savings.

3.    Use Lights 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.

4.    Buy Energy Star Electronics

If you’re thinking about electronic gifts — like TVs, DVD players, VCRs and phones — consider Energy Star-certified electronics. These use less electricity than their non-certified counterparts. Visit energystar.gov for information on certified electronics.

5.    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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