Holiday Gifts Transforming Homes For Sustainability

Dated: December 6 2023

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Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, enhancing the efficiency of our homes might not be the first thing on our minds. Yet, what better gift to give ourselves and our loved ones than the gift of a more efficient, streamlined home? As we seek ways to make our living spaces more functional, convenient, and eco-friendly, the holiday season presents an ideal opportunity to invest in gifts that not only bring joy but also promote efficiency. From smart devices simplifying daily tasks to eco-conscious solutions reducing our environmental footprint, this guide unveils a collection of thoughtful holiday gifts designed to elevate the efficiency of your home while spreading the festive cheer.

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Solar Panels

Solar power in homes has become a widely discussed subject and rightly acknowledged with a 30% tax credit on the cost of solar systems. Some benefits of giving the gift of solar panels include: saving money all year round on electricity costs, your lights staying on when the grid goes down, and solar panels are considered an upgrade that will increase the value of your home. Marketwatch estimates you can save around $1,432 on annual energy costs based on a 6kW home solar system generating 9,000 kWh of energy with an average electricity price of 15.91 cents per kWh.

HERE is a link to Forbes Home's best solar panel installers in the state of Illinois with information to determine if this is a good decision for you and your home.

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Smart Thermostats

Although a smart thermostat consumes minimal energy on its own, it plays a crucial role in saving you money as it regulates high-energy-consuming heating and cooling equipment. Smart thermostats bearing the Energy Star certification undergo independent verification, relying on real-world data, demonstrating their ability to conserve energy and subsequently reduce your energy expenses. The Department of Energy estimates that you can save as much as about 10% of your heating and cooling bills if you set your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. Click HERE to learn more about the Energy Star program and the best products, prices, and rebates available.

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Composting Machines

Food wastage is a prevalent global concern, encompassing everything from discarded banana peels to spoiled leftovers. Surprisingly, the accumulation of waste occurs at a rapid pace. According to the EPA's data from 2018, a staggering 42.8 million tons of food waste found its way into landfills or incineration facilities.

However, mitigating food waste poses challenges. While composting stands as an excellent solution, not all households possess the space required for a conventional compost bin. Moreover, the process of composting, influenced by environmental factors and the composition of the materials, may take several months to a year before rendering usable compost.

Not a problem anymore, with countertop composters that can make quick work of the food waste in your kitchen and provide you with a soft light mulch-like substance you can use in your gardens. Click HERE for Treehugger’s assessment of the top countertop composting machines.

In the spirit of the holidays, why not gift your home a touch of sustainability and efficiency? Embrace the joy of giving while promoting a greener, more efficient home this holiday season.

Happy shopping!

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