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ENERGY STAR Tips for a Greener Holiday

November 29, 2012

energy star holiday tips for chicago real estateSearching for the perfect gift for your piece of Chicago real estate? Try an ENERGY STAR gift that will help the environment plus save you money on your energy bills.

This year, you might want to add ENERGY STAR home entertainment to your holiday gift list. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on TVs, Blu-ray disc players and even MP3 docking stations. Products with the ENERGY STAR label use less energy during all usage modes from ‘sleep’ to ‘idle’ and ‘on.’

ENERGY STAR office products are another great gift choice especially if you’re holiday shopping for a college student. Consider purchasing computer monitors, laptops and multifunction printers with the ENERGY STAR label. These products offer a power management sleep mode that could save up to $390 over the product’s lifetime!

LED holiday lights are also a smart holiday purchase as they use 75 percent less electricity than standard holiday lights and are also more durable and shock resistant.

Lastly, consider recycling old electronics and using less wrapping paper if you want to be more environmentally friendly this holiday season. The EPA is offering a Plug-in To eCycling Program that allows consumers to recycle used electronics such as cell phones, TVs and computers. If you’re wrapping a lot of gifts this year, you might want to consider purchasing recycled wrapping paper. Instead of using tissue paper, be creative with your package wrapping and use old magazine pages or old fabric found at a thrift store.

What energy-saving gifts will you be purchasing this holiday season?

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