Father's Day: 5 gifts to 'green' your dad

If there’s one thing sure to please any father, it’s a lower monthly electric bill. So this Father's Day, why not get dad the latest gadgets that will save him money and spare the planet a few pounds of greenhouse gas. Here are five energy-saving Father's Day gift ideas to help 'green' your dad.

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is shown in this photo provided by Nest.

Call it the iPhone of thermostats. Gone are the days of programming (or forgetting to program) your thermostat. With Nest, you simply turn the temperature up or down to match your comfort and, over time, this "smart" thermostat programs itself.

Want to make an adjustment on-the-go? With Nest, you can connect to your thermostat from your smartphone. At $250, Nest is on the pricy side up front, but users can save as much as 20 percent on their heating and cooling bills, according to the company.

"There are few technology products less inspiring than the thermostat," wrote the Wall Street Journal in its review. "Yet for the past week, I've been more captivated by a thermostat than I ever thought possible."

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

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