Electricity and Gas for the World!

Certainly, Americans are focused on the idea of going green. Whether you’re using an electric company that offers green options like IDT Energy, or not, it’s always worthwhile to think more about the possibility of using green energy.

This article explains topics to consider before putting in solar energy panels.  The author actually advocates taking a number of specific steps to reduce overall energy consumption before switching to solar energy.  Such steps include getting en energy efficiency audit, taking easy steps in the home to reduce energy consumption, installing a T.E.D. or similar device to monitor your usage, and more.

April 20 was the 20th anniversary of Earth Day Lobby Day. Governor David Paterson, who has been active in promoting and strengthening the standing of New York State as a national leader in environmental protection and initiatives promoting clean energy, addressed New Yorkers on this auspicious occasion.  Among Governor Paterson’s energy accomplishments is the leadership role he has taken in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; his expansion of New York’s clean energy goals, with his “45 by 15” initiative; and promoting the State’s bottle bill, as just a few examples.

In his address Governor Paterson also encouraged New Yorkers and law makers to deal with the growing issue of electronic waste in New York. This past year the Governor proposed legislation to regulate the disposal of toxic chemicals and metals which comprise many popular electronic devices.

“From the day I took office, I have worked to make New York State one of the most environmentally friendly states in the Nation. Not only is this work critical to sustaining a healthy environment, but it is critical to creating jobs and rebuilding our State for the New Economy,” Governor Paterson said. “Forty years ago, we celebrated the first ever Earth Day, and this year I challenge all New Yorkers to do their part in making our State and our Nation healthier and cleaner for a more prosperous future.”

Through IDT Energy’s Green Energy/Buy Green program New Yorkers are able to do a lot towards creating a cleaner environment and saving resources, worthwhile goals to strive towards as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.

Lumenhaus Visits New York City

IDT Energy in New York was excited to see the famed Lumenhaus of Virginia Tech make a stop in Times Square in New York City as part of its national tour. The solar-powered, net-zero energy, 650 square foot home was a featured part of the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon back in October, 2009 and is off to Madrid, Spain this coming June for the Solar Decathlon Europe. Many hundreds of pedestrians stopped by the house to discover the unique design of this home which uses sliding walls to incorporate the use of natural light to the max. There is a geothermal loop which contributes to heating the home, and double-hit solar panels can produce extra electricity. Just about everything in the house can be controlled by iPhone.

The production of electricity is the primary cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S. The majority of the electricity we use today comes from coal, nuclear and other non-renewable power plants, hurting our environment on land, in water and air.

In addition, studies have shown that the emissions of CO2 into the environment are causing global climate change, with disastrous long-term results.

Renewable energy, such as solar and wind power do not release CO2, or other greenhouse gasses into the environment. Not only that, but they are found in large amounts just about everywhere and are constantly being replenished in a way that keeps pace with consumption. Fossil fuels and natural gas are found in limited quantities, and we are using them at a pace in which their natural production could never keep up. Therefore, eventually they will run out.

When looked at from this perspective it is easy to see why we should now begin the process of increasing our use of renewable energy resources, for ourselves and for future generations.

IDT Energy Introduces Green-e

As concerned citizens you want to do what is best for the environment so that the world will be a great place to live not just for your but for your children and their children. And as a consumer, you want to know that the products and services you are purchasing are not sacrificing quality or dependability for a promise of a better environment that perhaps they cant deliver.

That is where Green-e comes in. As the country’s leading independent certification program as well as verification for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and renewable energy Green-e makes sure you get what you are promised.

There are two types of certification programs. Green-e Climate was begun in 2007 as a voluntary certification program setting standards for consumer protection and environmental integrity for the reduction of GHG emissions reductions which are sold in the voluntary market.

Green-e Energy is an independent certification program and verification program for renewable energy, leading the nation in this endeavor.

Green-e Marketplace allows companies that have purchased renewable energy in qualifying amounts and have also passed verification standard to display the logo of Green-e.

Gravel Stores Energy Like a Battery

Among the renewable energy sources which IDT Energy, as well as other ESCOs use to produce electricity are solar and wind power. Although clean and renewable, one of their drawbacks is that they are not always available. At night, of course, there is no sun shine, and the wind is also subject to times when it just isn’t there.

One of the goals of the research into making these green technologies more useful for our modern way of life is to store the renewable resource for use when the resource takes a break.

One way may be with a “gravel battery”, a new technology being developed by Isentropic, a five-man company in Cambridge. This is how it works. An electric current goes to a heat pump, a similar but bigger type of “compressor” used by your refrigerator to keep your food cold. The heat pump in your fridge takes the electricity to create a “heat split” which chills the inside of the fridge and heats the back.

The system Isentropic is developing uses a pump to heat argon gas to 500 degrees centigrade on one side and cooling the other side down to -150 degrees centigrade. The cold and hot gas is then passed through two enormous gravel tanks, heating one tank and cooling the other. The temperature difference in the gravel is how the power is stored.

When the power is needed the process is instantly reversed, causing the heat pump to work like an engine. When the extreme temperature differences are brought together, the engine turns, powers a generator, and creates electricity.

Clever, yes?

IDT Energy Explores Green Brooklyn

IDT Energy is following the story of going green in Brooklyn.  According to Ethan Oringel who publishes greenbrooklyn.com blog, the journey to a more energy efficient home begins with an energy audit. Examine your electric and heating bills, list all the ways you use energy, and explore the options you have for using less.
Here are a few for-instances:

  •   Change all your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LEDs (light-emitting diodes.)
  • Look for the Energy Star when purchasing new appliances.
  • Install Low-E windows which keep heat in during the winter and out in the summer.
  • Seal any places in which air can flow between the outside and inside of your home.

Eitan Baron, recently did a green renovation on his apartment in Park Slope says that,

“Proper sealing is worth as much as any solar panel on the market. It’s the parts you don’t see that are the most important.”

Baron believes that he has saved about 60% on his heating bill last winter, in addition to helping improve the world by using less energy.

Green Renovations Grow in Brooklyn

IDT Energy has ventured to Brooklyn to explore the green explosion that is going on over there. According to a New York Post article dated April 16, 2009, entitled, “Fresh Start: It’s Easy Being Green”, there is a small green revolution going on in Brooklyn. The condominium development in Battery Park City known as “Visionaire” is built with in-house treatment of waste water as well as photo-voltaic panels.

But if you don’t have the ability to move to this LEED-certified development, then there are lots of things you can do with the place you live now to make it much more energy efficient.  And this is not just a nice idea, but crucial, since about 80 per cent of the greenhouse gasses produced in New York City come from buildings any reduction in these emissions will greatly benefit the environment.

According to Sarah Beatty, the president of Green Depot, a chain of eco-friendly building and home supplies, “The last five years have seen exponential growth in the number of high-quality [green] products that have come to market. For homeowners who want to approach a renovation, there are a ton of choices.”

IDT Energy and New York Improving Urban Living

New York can find solutions to the energy problems of dense urban living. Experiments in urban planning maximizing green space and minimizing waste of precious resources have been tried with great success. Some of the innovations that have been tried include giving incentives to non polluting industries; building industrial areas which reserve land for open green, green space; creating parks with lakes which catch runoff in low-lying places that flood sometimes; having city planners more than politicians influencing urban development.

IDT Energy in partnership with New York are taking the lead in using safe, clean energy generation, intelligent use of resources, responsible use of green energy and cost savings for its population. This will hopefully help New York continue to be a worldwide trendsetter into and throughout the 21st century.

IDT Energy for you

IDT Energy, New York State, is well known as a leading private Energy Service Company (ESCO). IDT Energy was able to begin its energy services after the deregulation of the energy industry in New York State. IDT Energy New York has a history of offering the best prices and a quality product offering all homeowners who use its services the opportunity to make major progress with their energy consumption. IDT Energy offers all your energy products, and the best aspect of ESCOs is that your existing  Utilities Company’s infrastructure by IDT so moving to IDT is simple and easy.

IDT Energy is committed to Green Energy – IDT Energy (and you, when you use them) cares for the environment as it does for your finances!

All your gas & electricity needs and also your financial & environmental concerns are part of IDT Energy’s caring for you.