As if buying the perfect gift wasn’t hard enough, now there is the added pressure of hunting for something a little bit more conscientious for that special someone. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) strives to make green tech gifting easier with GreenerGadgets.org, which offers up tips for selecting the ideal green tech gift and a handy Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator that helps figure out how much energy a household consumes. Here is a bit of advice from them before you pull out the credit card.
• Look for the ENERGY STAR label or EPEAT-certified product labels when purchasing gifts for friends and family. These labels identify energy-efficient appliances and other electronics that will save energy and save you money on your electric bill.
• Use a programmable or smart thermostat to cut heating costs during the cold winter months. These handy devices learn your schedule and regulate your home temperature throughout the day.
• Plug electronics and holiday lights into an eco-friendly power strip, or unplug devices and lights when not in use.
• Check your electronics to make sure you’re taking full advantage of any energy-conservation capabilities your devices may have. Most personal computers and laptops have management features that control energy use.
• Remember to recycle all of your old electronics responsibly when you get or give the gift of electronics. You can find a local recycling location using CEA’s recycler locator tool.
Through December 13, you can enter Greener Gadgets Photo Contest hosted by CEA on its Facebook page. Two winners will receive a Samsung 46-Inch 3D LED TV with OmniMount TV mount or a Yamaha RX-V675 7.2 Channel Network AV receiver.