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Blog Jun 11, 2014

Energy Savings: Father’s Day Edition

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Whew, we’ve covered a million and one different ways you can save energy. Today, we’re going with a special Father’s Day edition dad will certainly appreciate.

Here are some of 2014’s top energy-efficient gifts your dad might enjoy:

1. EverSense Thermostat

Yes, digital thermostats are already at every home. But this one takes energy savings to an entirely different level.

One of its coolest features is it learns your family’s schedule and then uses smartphone technology to detect how far you are from your home. Then, it begins adjusting your thermostat based on the season and your desired temperature.

Your dad can also check weather reports to make sure he doesn’t unexpectedly get caught in severe weather during the work day.

2. Hue LED Lighting System

Apple and Philips worked together to create this amazingly cool (and energy-efficient) lighting system. Each light bulb wirelessly connects to your iPhone or iPad.

You then use these devices to control the color and time the LED bulbs turn on and off. For example, if your Dad’s a fisherman, you can recreate a sunrise.

3. WakaWaka Solar-Powered Smartphone Charger

Solar panels are a little too costly for a Father’s Day gift. But, this solar charger is the next best thing. In just under two hours, it can fully charge a smartphone battery.

What dad wouldn’t love the chance to move a little farther off the power grid?

4. Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector

Was your water bill a little too high last month? Find the source of the leak with a thermal leak detector.

It uses thermal imaging to find where wall surface temperatures vary. It basically works like a stud finder, except it locates leaks hidden inside of walls.

5. Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion

Are your appliances not in use? This kit controls basically any device you can plug into a wall. Lights, fans, computers, and more can all be controlled from your smartphone.

You can schedule when devices turn on or off. You can even tell them to power on or off when they sense your motion.

How nice would it be to have the lights turn off whenever you leave the room?

So those are five really cool gifts your dad might like for this coming Father’s Day. Which do you think he’ll enjoy the most?

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