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By Deborah Burley

The supermarket’s Christmas aisles have been full since September, and like it or not, the festive season is fast approaching. At uSwitch we’ve been getting very excited about the possible stocking fillers from our online shop – we’ve got loads of small and quirky energy-efficient treats!  If you’ve still got lots of gifts to buy then have a look at our 2011 stocking suggestions…

Top  ten xmas stocking fillers…

POWERplus Bee

This is great for wrapping up and putting in a stocking. This small and cute keychain torch is powered by wind-up dynamo- so you won’t be short of light again. It also glows in the dark – great for when you can’t find your keys.

Complete Ecoballs kit

 The perfect gift for the eco-conscious.  Ecoballs are set to revolutionise the way we do our washing – there’s no need to add detergent, you can wash your clothes at a lower temperature; they’re kind to the environment and to your skin too. We’re full of Christmas cheer for these wonders.

Osun MushRoom Green ZERO charger

This nifty little gadget turns the power off from a charger when it’s finished charging the phone. An ideal gift for someone who likes to charge their phone overnight. As well as this, it’s small and stylish compared to other standby-off phone gadgets.

iGo powerXtender charger

Small, handy and perfect for your globe-trotting friends. This charger gives 10 hours extra talk time, 20 hours extra playing time or 28 hours of listening time for their gadgets.

The H20 Shower Radio

A novelty present for those who love singing in the shower, it uses water to power it so there’s no need for batteries.

POWERplus Dragonfly

Candles make lovely Christmas presents but why not go for something a little different this year? The POWERplus Dragonfly is a solar powered light which flickers like a candle – great for those cosy Christmas days.

POWERplus Leopard solar remote control

For those who have no time for batteries, or who always lose them down the back of the sofa – a lack of batteries certainly won’t stop you from watching the Queen’s speech this Christmas.

Sylvania LED colour changing BC golf ball light bulb

This quirky energy-saving  light bulb shines seven different colours and makes a great present for kids…or for adults wishing to relive their disco days!

Ecobutton

Got a computer obsessed friend? This will switch their computer into an energy-saving mode when they’re away from it. As well as this, it looks good too – what a great present.

Owl rechargeable battery pack AA/AAA

Batteries are a must on Christmas day and these OWL rechargeable batteries are long lasting and better for the environment than the disposable alternative.

We’ve got a whole year to wait until the latest instalment of James Bond hits our cinema screens, so for those of you who really can’t wait that long, why not get all 007 at home? Sound odd? It won’t when you see our top five James Bond-style products.

Your Mission: To make your home as energy-efficient as possible and be the spy who killed household energy waste.


Danlers wall switch 

What could be slicker than the lights coming on when you walk into a room? The Danlers wall switch will save you energy and is essential for your  James Bond lifestyle…It also has a manual setting for when it’s time to relax with the James Bond impersonations.

Eton Scorpion

The super powerful, master-of-all outdoor gadgets, Eton Scorpian has a torch, USB charger and radio. (If you tried the shaken not stirred nonsense but it didn’t work for you, then there’s even a bottle opener for your beers.)

Powerxtender Charger

This is the gadget to charge your gadgets. Small but mighty, the iGo Powerxtender charger offers power to all your regular spy gadgets: up to 10 hours of extra talk time, 20 hours of playing time and 28 hours of listening.

energyEGG 

The energyEGG turns your appliances off when you leave the room, cutting your energy usage dramatically.  It means you don’t have to remember to turn the telly off before you embark on your mission – perfect for Bond, whose gadgets do all the hard for him.

H20 water powered alarm clock and thermometer

Every spy needs to keep a close eye on the time and the temperature so they can stay in control of their mission. With the H20 water powered alarm clock and a shower you won’t need batteries – it runs on water!

Saga Surviving Winter Appeal Logo

by Deborah Burley

Sir David Jason has joined other wealthy pensioners pledging their winter fuel allowance in a effort to recycle the payment and help vulnerable and poverty stricken households for Saga’s Surviving Winter Appeal.

The tax-free fuel payments, which have been reduced heavily this year by up to £100, are being donated by a number of senior celebrities, along with Sir David Jason, including Sir Michael Parkinson, Anne Widdecombe and Dame Cleo Laine.

The government allowance is given to all households where someone is over 60 years of age, regardless of income.

However, this year for the first time, the coalition are due to remove the ‘top up’ payment, resulting in a reduction of payment from £400 to £300 for bill payers over 80 and £250 to £200 for those over 60.

The allowance won’t cover the full amounts needed for households in Britain living in poverty and there is a level of shock surrounding the unneeded allowance for the estimated 100,000 recipients who are earning over £100, 000 annually.

The donation plans come shortly after Age UK released statistics that 200 people in Britain will die every day during the winter months as a result of cold related illnesses.

Age UK’s research manager, Phillip Rossall, said: “Among older people, the effects of cold housing were evident in terms of higher mortality risk, physical health and mental health”. He also claimed that the elderly were having to make the choice between heating or food.

And recent uSwitch research revealed that 6.3 million household in the UK were likely to fall into fuel poverty – where more than 10% of a household’s income is spent on energy – following a series of energy price rises.

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, said at the time: “… all households should also look to invest in longer-term energy efficiency measures, such as loft insulation and cavity walls.

“Those who would struggle to afford this investment should contact their energy supplier to see whether they would qualify for any energy efficiency grants or financial support.

It’s hoped that these figures can be reduced with the celebrity effort to encourage others to part with their winter fuel allowance, if they themselves do not need the financial support.

Sir David Jason said: “I wanted to pledge my payment to the Surviving Winter Appeal.

“It would be great to think that all those people who are in a position to forego part or all of their own winter fuel payment could join this great scheme and spread a little warmth.”

Those wishing to join the celebrities in their pledge can go to the Saga website to make a donation.

For information on the Winter Fuel Payment or other government schemes, visit the uSwitch energy saving grants guide.

What do you think about Saga’s Surviving Winter Appeal? Are you shocked at Age UK’s recent statistics? Are you concerned about getting through this winter? Leave your comments below: 

By Deborah Burley

When we’re buying new gadgets and appliances for our homes we want great products with seamless style and understand that product efficiency shouldn’t mean a compromise on aesthetics.

We always look for the most stylish products for our shop and believe that we now have a great collection. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top five stylish energy-efficient products from our shop.

Who cares about the latest catwalk colour or the must have bag of the season? Your great taste will be clear to see from the minute you begin using these energy-efficient products, daaarling.

Top five most stylish products…

Plumen 001 low energy light bulb

The Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer light bulb and is so good looking that it won the Brit insurance design of 2011 – anyone style savvy is adding this to the top of their wish list.

energyEGG standby saver

This gadget looks great in your living room; its fun egg shape isn’t the only reason why we love it so much  – it turns your appliances off when you’ve left the room too.

Osun MushRoom Green ZERO charger

The small and smart Osun MushRoom turns your gadget chargers off when they’ve done their job, so you won’t waste unnecessary energy . We love its simple design and its bright green colour.

POWERplus Seal weather station

 The sleek curved design is the ‘cherry-on-top’ of this solar powered weather station which measures the temperature, actual pressure and development pressure of the day and also has an integrated clock and calendar.

POWERplus Dragonfly

This solar powered light flickers beautifully like a candle but is in fact a solar powered light. It has a smooth and modern design making it a must-have for the style conscious looking for a touch of the unique.