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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!

Incandescent or Fluorescent Bulbs?

Energy conservation is a hot topic these days, and with good reason- why not learn how you can easily and efficiently lower your monthly electricity bill? Electric companies like IDT Energy offer personalized advice on how to do just that, so you may want to contact your energy provider before making and significant changes on your own.

There are some simple alterations that you can make on your own, however, such as switching light bulbs and adding lamps. Most people use incandescent light bulbs, which are much less effective than fluorescent. In fact, incandescent bulbs use up to 80% more energy than fluorescent ones, and have a much shorter life span. Some people may claim that fluorescent bulbs are too white and are unpleasant, but in fact fluorescent bulbs can come in many colors, and it can be hard to differentiate between those and the regular yellow, incandescent bulbs.
Adding small lamps or nightlights to specific areas in a house can also reduce energy use at home. Just be sure to turn them off and unplug them while they’re not in use.

Saving Electricity with IDT Energy

Companies like IDT Energy know that if you use your appliances properly, with a little extra effort you can significantly lower your energy costs. Here is a short video that shows a few things that you can do on your own. For more information and tips, contact your energy provider.

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.

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.

Weatherstripping to Save Energy Costs: IDT Energy

Certainly, there are many ways to start to save on your energy bills.  One way is to look for a new energy supplier like IDT Energy if you live in a deregulated state.  Another idea is to evaluate your energy usage in the home and to cut down in key areas.  Home improvements can also help you to save on your energy bil.

Weatherstripping, for instance, helps to seal air leaks around movable joints.  In order to know how much weatherstripping you’ll need, you need to add the perimeters of all the windows and doors to be weatherstripped and then add 5-10% to accommodate any waste.  Before applying the weatherstripping in the home make sure to detect air leads and to assess your ventilation needs for your indoor air quality.

Before beginning to weatherstrip, you need to carefully evaluate the location.  When you use weatherstripping on a door bottom or threshold, for instance, the weatherstripping could drag on carpet or erode from foot traffic.  If you’re doing weatherstripping on a window, you need to think about the sliding of panes and which way they slide.  Choose the right product for each specific location.

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.

Looking at Energy Policy

Certainly, we all wonder what the long-term impact will be of BP’s gulf oil spill on the American oil supplies.  This is an interesting blog post examining this issue and looking at a report issued from the International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental group that studies energy policy for industrial nations.

Outdoor Summer Energy Savings Tips: IDT Energy

Certainly, as the summer approaches, there are some key ways to save energy.  Taking a bit of time to follow through on these outdoor energy tips can help you to significantly reduce your electricity bill and to help the environment.  Energy companies like IDT Energy want to help you to save money, and these tips should be a start.

When the clocks change, you’ll have more daylight hours at your disposal.  Make sure to adjust any outdoor lighting timers so that you don’t have them running for more hours than necessary.  This will save you money and will extend the life of your light bulbs.

When considering lighting for your garden and porch, select low-voltage outdoor lighting systems. They are less expensive to buy and to operate and they are simple to install and use.

Your outdoor space doesn’t need to be lit like a landing pad.  Avoid having excessive lighting.  Your illumination only needs to be bright enough for safety and for relaxing.  Consider installing timers, as well, or make sure to only use your patio lights when you are sitting out there.