This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

December 17, 2003

Are Renewables and Energy Efficiency on Your Holiday Shopping List?

With the holiday season in full swing, renewable energy and energy efficiency may be the last thing on most people's minds, but determined U.S. organizations are hoping to change that. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), for instance, has developed a "windy" gift list. AWEA suggests either buying green power or buying products from companies that do so. See the AWEA press release.

Of course, energy experts always say to focus on energy efficiency first before trying to meet your needs with renewable energy. With that in mind, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding consumers that they can save energy by buying gifts that carry the DOE/EPA Energy Star label. Energy-Star-qualified electronic equipment uses up to 50 percent less energy than conventional equipment. See the EPA press release and Energy Star's Home Electronics Holiday Gift Guide.

On December 6th, San Francisco took a further step to encourage an energy-efficient holiday: the city offered strings of energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights through a trade-in offer. Residents could trade up to two strings of working lights for LED lights. SF Environment and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company coordinated the holiday light exchange. See the SF Environment announcement.