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Energy Savings for Retail Spaces

Certainly, if you own a home, you want to save energy in that location. If you own a retail business, you should also consider ways to save on your energy bill, whether you use IDT Energy or have another provider.

If your store is open six days a week for 8 hours a day, that actually only means that it’s in use 28% of the year. This leaves you with more than 70% of the year when you can save significant amounts of money on your energy consumption. Make sure that lights and other energy systems are either off or on the lowest settings and use time clocks and programmable settings whenever you can.

Even when your store is open, you can have timers for the indoor and outdoor lights. For instance, you should have a switchplate note in a dressing room asking customers to turn off the lights when not in use. An occupancy sensor or timer could do this job for you as well.

If you have air conditioning and heating in the building, make sure all exterior windows are shaded or tinted to minimize heat. Make sure you have an efficient system in place and that you get it serviced regularly as well.

IDT Energy Summer Saving Ideas

IDT Energy suggests watching this video and learning some easy ways to save energy during the hot months of summer.

Homeowners can take a tax credits worth 10% of the cost of purchasing new, energy efficient windows, doors and skylights which they install anytime during the year 2011. The law is designed to be an incentive to get homeowners to save on the energy they need to heat and cool their homes, this lowering their utility bills while also helping to preserve natural resources.

In order to be eligible for the tax savings the fenestration must be approved as Energy Star products. These products are easily available and have been tested to meet a high standard of energy efficiency.

IDT Energy believes it makes sense to participate in this tax program and begin saving on one’s energy bill while helping save energy for the future.

IDT Energy: Saving Energy Equals Saving Money

It is no secret that there are many good reasons to conserve on the resources which we use. IDT Energy acknowledges that for many people saving money on their monthly expenses has become a priority, and a great place to begin that savings campaign is right inside our own homes.

Electric Lights

  • Remember to turn them off whenever you step out of the room.
  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs, especially in the most frequently used lamps.
  • Use natural light whenever possible.

Hot Water

  • Turn the thermostat down on the hot water heater. There is no need to get scalded when you open the hot water faucet, and lowering the thermostat also makes taking a bath safer, especially if you have children in the house.
  • Buy low-flow shower heads and aerators for your sinks.
  • Turn off the water when soaping up your dishes. Wash with hot water, but rinse in cold water, whenever possible.
  • Fill the dishwasher before using. Running a half-empty dishwasher wastes a lot of water.

Air Conditioner

  • Raise the thermostat to a comfortable coolness. There is no reason to have to wear a sweater inside your house on a hot summer day.
  • Turn off the air conditioner when not at home, or at night when you are asleep.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat which will automatically turn off the ac after you leave the house, at night while you are asleep, and turn on the ac a few minutes before you get home. In this way you will get maximum comfort along with maximum energy savings.

IDT Energy: Keeping Customers Informed

Understanding that Electricity is a Secondary Energy Source

There are many misunderstandings about what electricity is, and IDT Energy wants consumers to know exactly what makes electricity so special. Simply put, electricity is the flow of electrical power, or charge. Over the past one hundred years electricity has come to be one of our most often used forms of energy.

Electricity is a part of nature, but it is different than some of the other forms of energy we use. Since electricity must be created through the conversion of other forms of energy such as coal, solar or nuclear, it is referred to as secondary energy. While primary energy sources can be either renewable, such as solar, or non-renewable, such as coal, this designation does not apply to electricity. It is neither renewable or on non-renewable.

There is no question that over the past one hundred of so years the use of electricity has dramatically changed the way we live. It is easy to name some major developments in our lives which could not have happened without electricity. Safe, easy indoor lighting; telephones; efficient, easy to use refrigerators; washers and dryers, to name just a very tiny few of the remarkable appliances and tools electricity has allowed mankind to develop.

IDT Energy encourages consumers to watch the following video and learn how to save electricity by unplugging appliances when they are not in use.

Electricity has become a fundamental fact of life since the invention of the electric light bulb by Thomas Alva Edison over 100 years ago. It is such an integral part of life that most people probably give it little thought during their busy days, but it is important to know and understand where our electricity, which we are so dependent upon, comes from.

There are many possible sources for the production of electricity. Electric power plants can produce electricity using coal, oil, or nuclear fuel. They can also be powered with renewable sources like energy from wind, solar panels, or hydroelectric dams.

In the US, as of 2010, the vast majority of electricity was produced using fossil fuels, about 70%, with about 24% from natural gas and 45% from coal. Nuclear power contributes about 19% while 6% comes from hydroelectric power sources. Wind produces about 2% of the country’s electricity, and biomass, solar and other renewable sources are negligible.

In New York State, where IDT Energy brings to consumers electricity and natural gas, the percentages are as follows as of 2008 statistics:

Coal produces about 14% or New York’s electricity, while natural gas generates about 28%, a significant amount less than the amount of fossil fuels used to produce electricity in the US as a whole. New York makes up the difference by getting more of its electricity form nuclear and especially hydroelectric sources, with about 31% from nuclear power and 18% from hydroelectric dams. Just as in the rest of the country renewable sources of electricity make up a tiny percentage of the total generation of electricity with about 2% from biomass and less than 1% coming from wind and solar at almost zero.

Here is a summary of some of the best and simplest ideas to help you save money on your electric bill from IDT Energy.

Conserve Energy- Save Money

Whether you use IDT Energy or another electric company, these simple tips can go a long way in lowering your monthly energy bill:
• Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), and save up to 75% of lighting costs
• Be sure to unplug electronics when they are not in use. These include microwaves, televisions and battery chargers. Together, the phantom power used could power your refrigerator!
• When you can, do the wash in cold water. At least 85% of energy used for the machine goes to water heating.
• Only run your laundry and dishwasher when they are fully loaded.
• Monitor your dryer’s outside vent and be sure to remove lint whenever necessary. If you are shopping for a new dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor.
• If you shop for new appliances, buy ones that are ENERGY STAR qualified. These are 40% more efficient.

Saving Energy Video For Kids

Companies like IDT Energy would certainly agree that it’s never too early to start teaching your children about conserving water and energy. Showing them simple ways to lower the energy bill and help the environment will increase your child’s awareness and feeling of personal responsibility. Here is a cute video which shows kids how they can help save energy on a day-to-day basis.