No matter what holidays you observe in December, chances are you are getting gifts for someone. Yes, there's a whole lot more to any of the holidays than gifts—but chances are, you got something, or got something for someone. And chances are some of those things need batteries.  

Batteries are one of the crucial elements of Christmas. You may have memories of Christmas morning with a lot of toys around the tree, and then someone had the foresight to buy a bunch of batteries. While you may have been blessed with someone who plans so thoroughly, you probably also remember friends who had Christmas Day scrambles for batteries.

So, let's not scramble this year. And, while we're at it, why not plan a little in advance. There's a more efficient option than just buying a 16-pack of AAs and tossing them out in a month. If you buy something that's going to go through a lot of batteries, you might want to consider buying rechargeable batteries and an ENERGY STAR® charger for them.

Rechargable batteries greatly extend the life of your battery purchase and help ensure that you are not caught between being without power and having to go to the store to replenish batteries. 

And remember, whether you have rechargeable or disposable batteries, at the end of their life be sure to properly dispose of them for recycling.  This will help prevent the corrosive components of batteries from ending up in the landfill and polluting the environment.