Give a wedding gift that promotes energy-efficiency

What gift could be nicer for a newlywed than one that helps a new couple save energy and money?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Microwave ovens and slow cookers use less energy than the oven or stovetop to cook meals, and they often require less effort.
  • Wrap up an electric blanket as a gift to help the new couple stay warm in the winter and reduce heating bills. Choose one with an automatic shutoff for safety.
  • If your friends have asked for bathroom fixtures, choose a low-flow showerhead, which uses up to 50 percent less hot water than a regular model, often without reducing the quality of a shower.
  • Give a programmable thermostat. It not only will help the new couple save money and energy, but newer models have tons of bells and whistles that can be fun to tinker with as the newlyweds start to automate their new home.