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Make Black Friday Green This Year!
Thanksgiving has got to be one of the best holidays of the year. First, you get to gorge on roast turkey with all the fixings, and then the next day – Black Friday – you can shop for incredible stuff at even more incredible prices… if you can still move, that is! And this year, why not opt for energy efficient versions of amazing Black Friday deals. Here are some of the top picks you should highly consider:
1. ENERGY STAR Qualified Televisions:
TVs have come a long way and are always a popular gift idea. ENERGY STAR labeled models have advantages such as:
- 25% more energy efficient on average than conventional counterparts
- Includes all of the latest technological advancements like 3D, streaming capability and Internet connectivity
- Available in both OLED and LED versions
2. Energy Efficient Soundbar / Speakers
When choosing audio equipment, going the energy efficient route could save you some big bucks not only on Black Friday, but also later on. ENERGY STAR qualified audio equipment can be up to 60% more energy efficient than conventional models.
3. ENERGY STAR Qualified Blu-ray Players
Blu-ray players are VERY popular now and not only are they becoming more affordable, but also more energy efficient. If you’re in the market for a Blu-ray, make sure it’s got the ENERGY STAR label on it – this indicates that it’s 45% more efficient on average than those without the stamp of approval.
Black Friday is a great day to get a fantastic deal on a new computer! Models that are ENERGY STAR qualified use anywhere between 30-60% less energy than non-qualified ones. And, by enabling the computer’s power management feature, you could save up to $90 a year on your electricity bill.
5. Battery Chargers
Rechargeable batteries are great, aren’t they? What makes them even better is if they’re ENERGY STAR qualified, which means they will use around 30% less energy. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on products that come with built-in rechargeable batteries, such as cordless drills, screwdrivers, and shavers for example.
6. Game Consoles
Among the biggest sellers on Black Friday are gaming systems. And what’s great about them is that they can be quite energy efficient too. Newer models don’t use a tremendous amount of energy, and can enter into a low power sleep mode when not being used. This results in long-term energy savings.
7. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Energy efficient lighting options such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and LED light bulbs are easy and inexpensive ways to reduce energy costs. In comparison to traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs use less power (25%) to produce more light (50–70 lumens per watt, compared 10–17 lumens per watt). LED light bulbs produce more light, use extremely little power and last 25 times longer than a traditional 60-watt light bulb. So if you spot them on Black Friday, make sure to stock up!
So this Black Friday, when you’re out fighting the crowds, make a beeline for those energy-saving bargains that save you money both immediately and in the future!
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