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
Electrical and gas service entrances
Cable TV and phone lines
Outdoor water faucets
Dryer vents which pass through walls
Bricks, siding and stucco
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.
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.