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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.

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.

Many electric companies, such as IDT Energy, recommend conserving energy. This is not only good for the environment- by doing so you can lower your electricity bill.

For example, many people run their dishwasher multiple times every day. It would be better to wait until the end of the day, and run it only once. If you need to reuse specific dishes throughout the day, wash those by hand. Electricity demand is less after 8 o’clock pm, so run the dishwasher then. Another good way to conserve energy is to use the air-dry setting, or, even better, leave the door open and let the dishes dry naturally. If you run the wash after 8 pm, the dishes can be left to dry this way overnight. It is also unnecessary to rinse dishes off in the sink before putting them in the washer. Cleaning the drains and filters on a regular basis, however, is highly recommended, as it will improve the performance of the dishwasher, and make it last longer.

If you are purchasing a new dishwasher, look for one that has the short-cycle, or econowash qualities.

If you live in a state like New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, where you can select your electricity supplier, you have many choices.  Companies like IDT Energy offer you great savings and great opportunities.  It is important to understand, when deciding on an energy company, exactly what their price entails.

The quoted energy rates from a given company may exclude certain components that could actually cause a higher final cost.  For instance, the energy rates may exclude rate components like line losses, ancillary services, congestion, capacity and grow receipts taxes. When you look at the rates on paper, it may appear that one company offers their rate for less, when really their quote doesn’t include all of the necessary component.

As a buyer, you need to be aware of all of the available product types and to make sure that you evaluate energy quotes with an accurate analysis.  Read contracts carefully and ask questions about the price components.  Make sure to ask your supplier, broker or consultant to show you the pricing section of the contract and to explain which components are included or excluded.

Second only to home heating, water heaters use the most energy in the house.  You can actually make quite a few small changes to save with your IDT Energy bill or your energy bill from another company and maximize your savings.

Make sure to insulate your hot water pipes and to wrap your electric water heater with a blanket (made for this purpose).  This blanket helps to reduce heat loss and to save you money.  Make sure that all faucets work well and are not leaking and install aerators on the kitchen faucets.

While you may enjoy soaking in a hot bath, this activity uses about 75 liters of hot water.  Taking a shower that has an efficient showerhead actually uses only half of this amount.

Your Energy Choice in New Jersey

Today, in New Jersey, you have the ability to select your energy supplier.  Rather than being forced to accept your energy from one source, you can now have the freedom to select your electric and/or natural gas supplier.  This allows you to be in the driver’s seat and to comparison shop for the company that will best suit your needs.

In addition, if you are environmentally conscious, this news means that you’ll have more of a say about the energy supplier that  you use, and you can select to use a supplier that does more to protect the environment.

Choice is always a positive force.  New Jersey is proud to allow its citizens to select IDT Energy, PSE&G or one of the many other suppliers.

Saving with these Summer Energy Tips

As the weather begins to get warmer, there are a number of key ways that you can reduce your electricity costs while still keeping the house comfortable and cool. Use these tips to save money this summer – while still enjoying your time indoors.

One great idea is to have an exhaust fan in the kitchen that will blow hot air out of the space while you are cooking. This will add a lot of savings to your cooling costs. Try to take lukewarm showers and baths as well to avoid creating humid air, which holds in more heat.

Look into purchasing a dehumidifier for the home. This can decrease your electricity bill significantly whether you’re with IDT Energy or another company. Make sure, however, that the humidifier that you buy is the right size for your home.

Avoid creating more heat in the kitchen in a number of ways. Use your microwave or countertop appliances for cooking instead of the oven; enjoy grilling outdoors to keep the hot air away from the house as well.

New York State offers its residents a great program designed to help them save money while saving energy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses which are released into the environment.

The program is called Home Performance, and together with Energy Star the goal is to help New Yorker’s save as much as 40% of their energy costs during the winter months. The program is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, (NYSERDA), which hopes to improve the energy efficiency of any style or size homes and save homeowners as much as $600 per year.

The program works by sending out a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Home Performance contractor who will assess the efficiency of the home by checking and measuring all aspects of its energy use, such as insulation, air infiltration levels, heating/cooling systems, appliances and lighting. The specialists will also check ovens, water heaters, and other devices and equipment to make sure that there are no dangerous leaks of carbon monoxide into the house.

At the completion of the assessment the BPI contractor will describe what improvements can be made, how much those improvements will cost, and what kinds of financial incentives exist and can be made available to homeowners to make those changes. Incentives might include low-interest financing and other means by which the needed improvements can be made without the homeowner incurring and undue burden.

“There’s no better time than now to change the way we use energy in our homes,” says Peter R. Smith, president of NYSERDA. “Energy costs continue to rise and conserving energy is essential. For some New Yorkers, that may mean building an energy-efficient home, making an existing home more efficient, or following simple energy savings tips. No matter what the measure, every bit counts.

IDT Energy is pleased to bring to the attention of energy consumers the variety of ways New Yorkers can take advantage of innovative programs which are available to help save money and protect our environment.

Saving Money While Doing Laundry

There are millions of little ways to save on your energy costs without even changing your lifestyle. IDT Energy cares about its customers and their savings; to help with this cause, here are some money saving tips you can implement today.

Change the washer from using hot water to cold water, if you can. This will reduce the energy bill, and will still clean the clothing quite well. Sort laundry so that you are drying heavy items together and light items together, thus requiring less drying time when you are only doing lighter materials. Clean the lint filter after each load of laundry, and check the dryer vent occasionally to make sure there are no blockages.

Make sure to use the dyer’s moister sensor. This detects when clothes are actually dry and will automatically switch the dryer off. And, of course, you can hang things out to dry rather than using the dryer at all!

Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Here, we offer simple and quick ways to save on your energy bill each and every day. IDT Energy wants you to be satisfied with your energy savings. These tips should teach you some quick ways to do so.

Air dry dishes instead of using the heat drying cycle on your dishwasher – or simply wash dishes by hand. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. This reduces water usage and is also better for your clothing. Replace regular bulbs with fluorescent bulbs to light your house. These bulbs use less energy and last longer than regular bulbs. Rather than taking baths, take showers to save on water.

Finally, buy only Energy Star products. They meet strict guidelines that are set by the US Department of Energy and that certainly help you to save.