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More Stats and Tips for Energy Savings from IDT Energy

Here are some more great ideas to help you save money and energy around the house, from IDT Energy.

•    Many electronic appliances, such as microwaves, TVs, VCRs, DVD players and more use energy even when not in use. Together these idle “vampires” consume 5 % of the nation’s domestic energy, costing consumers a staggering $3 billion each year.
•    An average American family spends over $200 on air conditioning. In some places in the southern states households quite easily can spend double that amount.
•    Over the lifetime of an air conditioner, only one quarter is spent on the purchase price. The rest, ¾ of the cost, is spent on running it.
•    Look for the Energy Star when replacing your old air conditioner and save about 20% on your cooling expenses.
•    Home office equipment and other electronic equipment can be powered down with their “sleep” feature to save as much as $70 a year on energy costs.
•    Wash your clothes in warm or cool water instead of hot water to save 80-85 per cent of the energy cost of laundering your clothes. Your clothes will be just as clean, and you’ll be a lot richer.

Some Statistics About Savings from IDT Energy

Some Statistics About Savings from IDT Energy

Here are some interesting facts and figures from IDT Energy to keep you informed with up-to-the-minute information on energy savings issues.

•    The vast majority of consumers-92%- believe that business, government and consumers all have an equal responsibility to save on their energy usage.
•    Consumers get their info about energy savings from several sources: 45% read brochures and/or info from their utility companies; 40% get info from friends, neighbors and others; 39% look for the Energy Star label on products they purchase.
•    Eighty percent of Americans believe that the U.S. needs to reduce oil imports.
•    It is being predicted that in the next twenty years energy consumption in the U.S. will increase by almost 40%. That is the amount now being used in the states of California, Texas, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois combined.

Savings Tips From IDT Energy

IDT Energy is always on the lookout for great ideas for saving electricity and natural gas, which translates into saving money and a cleaner world.
Here are some easy to do, inexpensive or free suggestions for saving money and resources.
• Compact fluorescent light bulbs can replace standard incandescent bulbs to save 75% on lighting costs.
• When not in use, unplug your electronic equipment. Depending on how much electronics you have, together they can use as much electricity as your fridge, even when not in use.
• Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can save on the cost of heating water, as well as the amount of water used by up to 50%.
• Raise the temperature of your thermostat in the summer by 5 degrees and you can save 20% on your cooling bill.
These are just a few of the ways IDT Energy hopes you will try to save yourself some money and save the earth’s resources.