Top 7 gifts for pensioners17th February 2014
If you're looking for a gift for an elderly loved one, here are some great present ideas from Energenie's vast range that will help them save both energy and money. Rising bills are a common source of concern for the older population, but a product from the list below could help you ease some of those worries for your family member, friend or neighbour.
Rechargeable AA-size batteries
AA batteries are a lifesaver. Whether they're powering a remote control, a digital camera or a computer mouse, people rely on them more than they are aware of. How many times have you come to replace dead ones and realise you've got no more spares left? These rechargeable AA-size batteries will put an end to that problem.
They can be used in almost any device and before you know it, they'll be saving you money as well as being better for the environment. You can also buy a pack of ten sets, making it an even better purchase.
Has your grandma inherited your old smartphone? If so, we have gift ideas to help ensure her phone is never out of power.
Firstly, there's the iPhone 3/3G portable sleeve. As the battery life might be a little worn down, this product will make sure the phone doesn't run out of juice when you need to get in touch. It slides onto the back of the device and has enough power to fully charge the handset.
For those who are sporting an iPhone 4, Energenie has just the right thing again. This ChargeSleeve works in exactly the same way as its 3/3G counterpart. It also comes with a USB to MicroUSB cable to recharge the product.
If your elderly relative is a little more up-to-date than we give them credit for, then why not consider buying the rechargeable smartphone charger? It seamlessly glides onto the back of Android, Windows and Blackberry handsets to ensure they can always be contacted. While it clamps to the back of the device and won't come unstuck easily, it can be removed easily when the phone is fully charged. Weighing as little as 75 g, this rechargeable charger can offer as much as 75 per cent additional battery life and a set of five LED lights indicates the power level. What's not to love?
Remote controlled sockets
Plug sockets can often be in hard-to-reach areas of the house. Add to this the fact there are numerous wires and extension leads – and simply turning a plug socket off can be more difficult than originally anticipated. If this is an issue for your elderly friend, or they have a bad back, then why not buy them a set of remote controlled sockets?
Leaving appliances such as your television and computer on standby mode can account for as much as ten per cent of your energy bill. Furthermore, some items are not designed to be left on during the night and could be a potential fire hazard. Items such as microwaves, phone chargers and tumble dryers shouldn't be left on overnight. Why take the risk when, with remote control plugs, you could turn everything off easily without crawling around on the floor before you go to bed?
This product enables you to use your electrical devices abroad in both the US and Australia. All you need to do is click the two pins to the correct configuration. No longer will you have the last-minute panic of whether or not you have the right adapter for the country you're going to and have to hurriedly buy one at the airport. This adapter also works in Israel, South America and China.
Energy saving power meter
Is your aunt wondering why her bills are so high, but doesn't know what to do about it? The energy saving power meter is definitely a good investment. All you need to do is plug it into a powered mains socket and then plug an appliance into it. The meter will monitor its usage, so you can tell what in your house is draining energy – and cut how much you use it, or buy a more energy-efficient version.
If you haven't made the switch to regularly using energy-efficient light bulbs, you could soon be in the minority. A recent study by the Energy Saving Trust showed one in three UK households are buying the bulbs frequently or all the time. The lion's share of these families cited cost and efficiency as key motivators behind their purchase. LED bulbs are not only better value than compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) but can also be up to 85 per cent cheaper! What are you waiting for?
Smart radiator valve
Ensure your radiators come on when you want them to, at the correct temperature, with this handy product. The smart radiator valve can provide realistic savings of as much as 25 per cent and it has a quick response time to improve comfort. It can be easily installed to an existing or new heating system, meaning you can enjoy having your house warm without worrying about how much it's going to be costing.