Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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Best Christmas Gifts 2020 for the Home

As the weather begins to turn cooler in many parts of the country, many Americans may be minimizing travel and unnecessary trips to stores as the coronavirus surges. During the pandemic, our homes have transformed into workspaces, schoolrooms and entertainment...

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As the weather begins to turn cooler in many parts of the country, many Americans may be minimizing travel and unnecessary trips to stores as the coronavirus surges. During the pandemic, our homes have transformed into workspaces, schoolrooms and entertainment...

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As the weather begins to turn cooler in many parts of the country, many Americans may be minimizing travel and unnecessary trips to stores as the coronavirus surges. During the pandemic, our homes have transformed into workspaces, schoolrooms and entertainment venues (think streaming services!). As the home now holds so many different functions in our lives, why not tailor the holiday shopping list to make the homes of your loved ones and friends even more comfortable? 

Looking for unique gift ideas? Here are 15 of the best Christmas gifts 2020 for the home that will add the holiday merriment of every person on your list.

Best 2020 Christmas Gifts for Tech Lovers 

Tech lovers will delight in gifts that embrace the Internet of Things, clean their gadgets safely, and help them plug in and drown out the noise around them. 

Amazon Echo

Help family members embrace the Internet of Things with the Echo. Equipped with Alexa, the Echo can be synced with various appliances and gadgets in the home. The convenient little speaker also can place orders!

Smart Plugs and Power Strips

If you’re gifting the Echo, pick up the compatible plugs and power strips for those on your list. When appliances or gadgets are plugged in the smart plugs, it allows them to be controlled by Alexa. Just be sure that any plug or power strip specifically states Alexa or other compatibilities (like Google Assistant).

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A (Safe!) Phone Cleaner

According to Time, “Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat!” Phone Soap uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and keep your phone safely disinfected. No chemicals required! NBC News reported that these gadgets can even sanitize masks.

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Headphones

High-end headphones are a great gift to help anyone tune into their favorite show or song…and tune out the mindless noise

2020 Top Christmas Gifts for Sleep and Comfort

Friends and family may be on edge if cases in their area are rising. Maybe restrictions are tightening, too. Embrace comfort and give gifts that make everyone on your list feel warm, cozy, relaxed and rested.

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Personalized Throw Blankets

Knit a unique and personalized blanket for a friend or loved one for a heartfelt gift. Or purchase a luxuriously soft blanket and monogram it!

An Ambient Noise Machine

The multi-roles of our home may mean that it’s harder to view ‘home’ as a relaxing sanctuary. When business, school and downtime coexist in the same space, maybe winding down at night isn’t so easy. An ambient noise system may help those on your gift list relax and enjoy a better night of sleep. Lull the body to relaxation bliss with tumbling waves or maybe even a drizzling rain.

A Weighted Blanket

Insomnia has been a common concern for many during the pandemic. A weighted blanket could help provide soothing pressure for a restful night.

An Ergonomic Foot Rest

For those whose office is in the home, Redbook recommends the Everlasting Comfort footrest. Made from memory foam, it will give tired feet a rest…and help support the body.

A Chill Chair

Break up the monotony of the everyday furniture with something fun for the basement or rec room. So what’s a chill chair? Bean bags, nest chairs, or other funky resting spots. These are perfect places to curl up with a book or to watch a favorite movie.

Best Christmas Gifts 2020…to Simplify Life!

Between toilet paper shortages, cooking fatigue, and missing out on those daily indulgences (like eating out or grabbing coffee), life hasn’t been quite the same during the pandemic. Try these gifts to bring back a little normalcy…and to make daily routines a bit simpler.

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A Bidet Attachment

No one wants to experience once again the crazy uncertainty of the Covid toilet paper shortage. Looking for a really unique gift for parents or a semi-gag gift for friends? Give them the Tushy bidet attachment. Toilet paper not required!

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Meal Delivery Services & Gift Cards

Many families are cooking at home more during the pandemic, especially since some areas may restrict in-person dining.  NPR notes, though, that the excitement of cooking is diminishing. Make cooking a little easier and gift someone on your list a meal delivery subscription. Or opt for gift cards for favorite takeout restaurants!

Paper Shredder

While a paper shredder isn’t a very exciting present, it could be the ideal gift for the friends or family members who need to ensure safe disposal of documents. Shred those old bills or other documents with personal information that could lead to being a target of identity theft.

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An Espresso Machine

For those who don’t want to go out for a coffee, let them have their own coffee bar at home. Espresso machines let those on your gift list brew their own favorite cup of Joe. Purchase some flavored syrups or some cute mugs, too.

Christmas 2020 Gift Ideas for Anyone on the List

Some people on your list may have everything. Not sure what to get them? Here are a few gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated!

Flameless Candles

Candles are beautiful, but some homeowners don’t like the dripping messy wax or the potential fire hazard. Flameless candles offer the same soft flicker of light and ambient glow without the safety concerns. Plus, they come in a variety of styles…and some are even scented!

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Streaming Services Gifts

Give the gift of entertainment with a gift card to a favorite streaming service. This is a great gift for the individuals on your list who may be a bit more difficult. Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and others all offer gift card options. Hulu and Disney+ also let you gift a subscription!

Most items on our list are available online and in-store, so, hopefully, you can satisfy everyone on the list without worry! If you are an avid online shopper, consider placing orders early this year. Shipping backups may cause a delay in receiving gifts on time. Waiting until the last minute could force you to do all your shopping in the store!

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