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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.

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.

Reducing Water Usage

We’ve heard for a long time how important it is to reduce water usage and increase water efficiency.  In that realm, there is good news since “companies committed to sustainability are finally getting serious about environmental challenges beyond carbon emissions…with a strong focus on reducing water use.”   Companies are trying to reduce water use by setting targets for their customers.  There are now many more measures being taken to help in the reduction of water from various large companies.

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!