With Father’s Day quickly approaching, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) experts developed a list of energy-efficient gift ideas. Before shopping for dad, consider any of the following items that can help conserve energy. Small steps to save energy can make a big difference in helping to protect the electric grid, especially during peak times this summer from 2-7 p.m.
ENERGY STAR® certified appliances or electronics
Whether it’s a mini-fridge, Smart TV, microwave, cordless power tool set, or battery charger consider upgrading any of dad’s favorite appliances or electronics to more energy-efficient models. ENERGY STAR-certified electronics also use about 30% less energy to stream on as standard electronics.
A smart thermostat
A responsive and programmable smart thermostat won’t waste energy heating or cooling an empty house, and those savings add up quickly. A $200 smart thermostat in a Central Texas home can pay for itself in two years. Help dad sign up for PEC’s SmartHub where he can track his energy use to save even more.
A gas or charcoal grill
For the dad with culinary skills, an outdoor grill is a great idea. By grilling, especially during Power Rush Hour®, from 2-7 p.m., he can make delicious meals without heating up the house.
An energy-efficient tower fan
A fan can help dad feel up to 4 degrees cooler when he’s using it in a room. Just remind him to turn it off before leaving the room, because fans cool people, not spaces.
Battery-powered lawn equipment
Unplug battery chargers once he’s finished using them. And don’t use chargers during Power Rush Hour, from 2-7 p.m.
An ENERGY STAR certified pool pump
This energy-efficient upgrade uses about 65% less energy than standard pumps and can save dad up to $445 a year in energy bills.
Advanced power strips
These will help protect his devices from power surges and save energy and money. Power strips control power flow for multiple items at once with just one switch. Plus, smart power strips automatically cut off power when devices are in standby mode to prevent energy vampires.
There are endless options for solar gadgets on the market that dad will love. Need ideas? Try a solar-powered lantern, a portable solar panel, or a solar generator — all great gifts for the father who is fond of the outdoors.
Find more energy-saving tips at pec.coop/savings.