55. Green Energy Futures holiday gift guide
Blog: Green Energy Futures holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for the green energy nerd in your life
Whether you want to spread good word when it comes to green energy or you’re buying a gift for a total green energy nerd you’ve come to the right place. These gift ideas work for the person who geeks out about the latest solar modules or loves driving their SUV in the suburbs.
Green Energy Futures Gift #1 – The Nest programmable thermostat
Before the Nest, programmable thermostats were boring, practical and let’s be frank, extremely homely devices. After the Nest, programmable thermostats are now a conversation starter, a glowing jewel on your wall and something you can show off to visitors.
The original designer of the iPod started the company and he brought that same level of design, elegance and intuitive, easy-to-use controls to a device that struggled with usability issues. I have had one in my home since February and it’s been a revelation.
It connects to my smartphone and iPad, it’s easy to program, it knows the weather and it even compares your energy conservation with other Nest users. We’ve been in the top five percent of energy conservers for several months.
Since it’s connected to my phone I can even turn down the heat on the kids when I’m at the office and they’re at home. It’s always fun to see how long it takes them to realize that the temperature has been turned to 15 degrees.
And if used effectively they can save you a lot of money. Pam Goertzen is an energy efficiency program manager at Climate Change Central and she’s done the research.
“If homeowners turn down their thermostat three degrees overnight and even three degrees while they are away at work during the day they can experience approximately 30 pre cent savings over the heating season” More…
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