Have you ever wondered when and how Mother’s Day came about?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it dates back to 1908, when Anna Jarvis started the first celebrations in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Six years later, Congress made the day an official holiday – and rightfully so! These generous women in our lives deserve recognition and praise for all their hard work.

Although Mother’s Day is right around the corner, you might be still be grappling over what to get the lovely lady in your life. Whether it is your own mom, the mother of your children, or someone else who deserves to be celebrated this holiday, you have many options. And while you certainly can’t go wrong with the traditional card and flowers, why not take it a step further to make your gift a little more meaningful and useful?

“Energy-efficient gifts are ones your mom will benefit from both now and in the long-run.”

The mothers in our lives work tirelessly and relentlessly to take care of everyone around them. Now it’s your turn to demonstrate how much you truly love and appreciate her. How? By making her life more convenient and helping her save both time and energy – something we’re sure she constantly wishes she had more of!

Below are some thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts ideas you can use this year.

1. Clean her home

Most moms spend a lot of time cleaning up after other people and making sure the home, and its occupants, are comfortable. Return the favor by insisting she gets some well-deserved relaxation while you take care off various chores around the house. Tackle some yard work, sweep the floors and scrub the kitchen. Don’t forget to clean the ceiling fans and vents! These areas are prone to dust build up and could be hurting the circulation of airflow throughout the home and causing unnecessarily high energy rates. If she hasn’t gotten around to checking off all the items on her spring cleaning to-do list, now is the perfect time to lend a helping hand.

2. Make sure the house is ready for summer

Temperatures are already beginning to rise, and before we know it, the brutal heat of summer will be upon us. This Mother’s Day, give your mom a gift she will enjoy not only right now, but for months to come: Installing and fine-tuning her AC unit. Check the filters and replace them if necessary so she doesn’t wind up overpaying on energy bills this season. Also, while you’re at it, make sure her unit has a good energy efficiency rating!

3. Add some eco-friendly light to her life

Take a walk through the house and replace any bulbs that have gone out, especially those hard to reach ones. You could also help her save power and money by giving her LED light bulbs, which not only use less energy but last longer than their traditional counterparts. In fact, according to Energy Star, LEDs can last as much as 25 times longer than incandescents.

4. Plant a tree

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your mom this Mother’s Day, why not dive into some gardening? Planting a tree or other types of greenery can help enhance the appearance of her property while simultaneously creating a more sustainable environment and healthier planet. Avoid planting trees near windows that provide light and help mom minimize indoor lighting use during sunny days.

5. Teach her about tech

If your mother is the kind who isn’t quite up to speed on the latest technologies, help her out by installing a programmable thermostat in the house. By upgrading to an automated device, you’ll be making her life a whole lot easier because she won’t have to worry about remembering to turn the AC on or off when she’s not home. Another option is to gift her with smart strips, a type of power strip with timers and sensors that power off appliances when they’re not being used. They are an affordable gift that can result in significant reductions in energy consumption and huge cost-savings.

6. Ensure she’s getting the best deal

Mothers have a million different things to worry about at any given time. Something that may not be at the top of her priority list? Making sure she is using the best power company. Take the time to look into whether or not she should be switching energy providers. If her monthly bills are constantly fluctuating in price, consider switching to a provider that offers fixed-rate plans.

Mother’s Day is a time to show your mom just how much you appreciate and respect her. By taking care of all of the above for her, she won’t have to exhaust herself doing them on her own. Not only will you reduce the energy she would otherwise have to personally expend, but you’ll reduce the energy she’s consuming from the planet! Plus, in the process, you’ll save her a lot of time and money – and that’s always a well-received gift.