Buy energy-efficient gifts, such as ENERGY STAR TVs, refrigerators and computers that are environmentally friendly and will save energy for many years. Search the Internet for “eco-friendly gift,” “energy-efficient gift,” or “solar-powered gift” ideas.
Consider recyclable gift wrap options, such as newspaper and magazine pages. And be sure to recycle your gift wrap.
Turn down your thermostat if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time; install a programmable thermostat to control the heating and cooling of your home year-round.
Entertain efficiently. When guests arrive, turn down your thermostat, because the combination of the stove, hot food, and warm bodies will help keep your house comfortable.
Carpool to grandma and grandpa’s house for holiday celebrations.
Close your fireplace damper when a fire is not in use and install airtight doors to prevent warm air from escaping.
Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-657-3710 with energy questions