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IDT Energy: Prevent Air Infiltration and Save

When the cold air is blowing outside it is a tough job to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. But to the extent that homeowners can achieve this goal is the extent to which they can save energy heating their homes during the cold winter months.

The first step in preventing leakage of warm air out and cold air in is to detect the places where the leakage is occurring.  Check places like:

  • Door and window frames
  • Mail chutes
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Dryer vents which pass through walls
  • Bricks, siding and stucco
  • Air conditioners
  • Vents and fans

Once the leaks are spotted, they can be sealed with caulking and weatherstripping.  IDT Energy encourages consumers of energy to prevent leakage and save money.

Saving Money Ideas for Heating Water from IDT Energy

Between 14 and 25 percent of all the energy used at home goes to heating water. Therefore finding ways to heat water more efficiently can save families lots of money during the course of the year.

IDT Energy suggests several methods which can be incorporated into a normal household which have the potential of saving lots of energy and money:

  • Find ways to decrease household use of hot water: begin by fixing leaky faucets, installing low-flow fixtures and purchasing dishwashers and washing machines which are energy efficient.
  • By installing a timer you can take advantage of only heating your water during the off-peak hours as well as turning off the water heater at night when it is not needed.
  • An interesting technology which can help save a lot of energy is a drain-water recovery system. Since about 80-90% of the energy used to heat water at home ends up just going down the drain, it is logical to try and recover some of that energy. The system works by pre-heating the cold water going into to water heater or other fixtures using the heat from discarded water.

IDT Energy is interested in helping consumers to save energy, and thus save money, on their household energy bills.

More Great Energy Saving Ideas from IDT Energy

IDT Energy continues to help its customers and all consumers save energy and save money, too.

Here are a few new suggestions which can be done with a minimum effort to gain a big reward:

1.    For just $10 to $20 you can buy your water heater a jacket. Believe it or not, this small gesture of insulating the water heater can save about 1100 lbs. of CO2 each year for an electric heater, or 220 lbs. for a gas heater.

2.    Insulate windows and doors. Using caulking and weather stripping, for just a few dollars per door or window, you can plug the leaks that let out the expensive warm air and let in the freezing air in the winter, and the reverse in the summer.  Weatherizing plugs some of the leaks in your budget, too.

3.    How about trying low-flow shower heads? For only about $10-$20 you will not only get a wonderfully stimulating shower, but you will also save about 300 lbs. of CO2 annually for electric-heated water and 80 lbs. of CO2 for gas-heated water.

IDT Energy suggests that a small investment in savings now can pay off in a big way over time.

IDT Energy: Lights Out New York to Save Birds and Energy

Did you know that about 90,000 birds are killed each year when they collide into glass buildings trying to migrate through the challenging concrete forest of New York City?

A large percentage of these birds are attempting the flight at night and become highly disoriented by the lit buildings and other structures as the artificially bright lights confuse and interfere with their natural navigational cues.

The Audubon Society is therefore encouraging New Yorkers to get involved in “Lights Out New York.” This project will begin on September 1st and continue until November 1st: requiring participants to turn off the lights from midnight until dawn every night during that time period. The hope is that thousands of birds’ lives will be saved, not to mention the energy saved as well.

Summer Savings from IDT Energy

Summer has finally hit New York in its full blown fury, and IDT Energy is back again with some simple but effective ways to help families, businesses and consumers of all kinds save money.

Try out some of these ideas and keep cool while keeping your money in your pockets:

1.    Whenever possible use natural ventilation to cool down your house, especially on cooler nights with a breeze blowing.
2.    Try curtains, blinds and other window dressings to keep out the heat and keep in the cooler, air-conditioned air you paid so much money to acquire.
3.    Keep the thermostat as high as is comfortable, and use a programmable thermostat whenever possible.
4.    Ceiling fans are a low-cost way to keep the breeze blowing.
5.    Insulate or install energy saving windows, skylights and doors.

IDT Energy wishes New Yorkers a cool, comfortable and money saving summer.

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

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

4 Key Energy Saving Tips for Spring

While some areas of the country are still blanketed in snow and it may be hard to believe that spring is on the way – it really is. To get ready for the weather changes, here are a number of key ways that you can save energy this spring. Certainly, companies like IDT Energy and many others can also offer additional tips and help you to save even more on your energy costs.

1. Clean for Spring: What does this entail? Make sure your fans are working properly. Wash and replace filters as necessary. Change the air flow on your ceiling fans to draw air upwards and cool rooms better.

2. Drapes: Consider spending some money now to save more later. Insulated, thermal-backed drapes can really make a difference in your rooms.

3. Evaluate Air Conditioners: If you’re considering putting in air conditioning, do your homework. You’ll want to buy the smallest capacity unit that will meet your needs. Check out the EER (energy efficiency ratio) of the unit by calculating the unit’s cooling capacity by its energy requirement. If the EER is 10 or higher, it’s good, while a 6-7 is fair.

4. Attic Ventilators: This might just be a great investment for you. An attic ventilating system takes cool air up through the house. It can actually give you as much comfort as an air conditioning unit for a much lower cost.

Buying New Appliances

Energy conservation is a popular trend right now, as it is both good for the environment and for the monthly bills. There are many simple changes that could be made throughout your home, as well as habits that can be picked up that can have a significant impact as well. For personalized information you may want to contact your electric company, like IDT Energy.

If you are purchasing new appliances, always look for the Energy Star label. These appliances are built specifically for energy conservation. For example, the dishwashers use less hot water. Did you know that 85% of a dishwashers energy use goes towards heating the water? Specially designed dryers are also made with energy in mind. The “perma press” cycle dries the clothes in cooler air for the last few minutes, which saves energy and prevents wrinkles. Moisture and temperature sensors will automatically turn the dryer off when the contents are dry, which is another great way to save energy!