Monthly Archives: November 2010

Is Electric Drying Always Worth It?

Energy companies like IDT Energy can attest to the fact that your appliances and electronics are responsible for around 20% of your energy bills. Here are a few tips for you to lower the costs with little effort. First of all, try air drying your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Be sure to clean off the lint filter in the dryer after use to maintain proper air circulation. Why not consider using a clothes line on sunny days instead of running your dryer at all? Air-drying is actually recommended by clothing manufacturers for certain fabrics. If you choose to use your dryer nonetheless, make sure not to over-dry the clothes. Also, dry towels and heavier cottons in different load, separated from light-weight clothes.

Winter Energy Saving Tips: IDT Energy

Winter is arriving rapidly, and it is a little known fact that the cold weather can greatly affect your electricity bill. Companies such as IDT Energy can testify to the fact that proper use of appliances and a few quick home repairs can make this season much less expensive.

First, get a programmable thermostat. Used properly, it can reduce temperature regulation costs by up to 10%. Set it at 20?C during the day and 18 when you’re sleeping or away. Second, regularly check the weather- stripping throughout your house. Drafts can increase your energy use by up to 30%. The winter months tend to be darker, and so more electric light is used throughout the daylight hours. Switch your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones, as they use less energy and last longer. Lastly, make sure to close the doors to all the rooms that are not being used, as well as closets. The heat is easily wasted.

Saving Energy While Getting Your Clothes Clean: IDT Energy

Even while doing your laundry, you can learn key ways to save on your energy use.  Believe it or not, 85-90% of the energy that you use while washing the clothes is for heating the water.  If you do cold water washes and rinses, however, you’ll save a tremendous amount of this electricity. Whether you’re using IDT Energy or another energy supplier, you’ll have real savings with these tips.

Use your washing machine after 8pm, when the electricity demand is lower and make sure to only use the water level that you really need for the load you are doing.  Only do the laundry when you have a full load and consider purchasing a smaller machine if you usually find that your laundry loads don’t fill the machine completely.

If you’re in the market for a new machine, look for one that is ENERGY STAR qualified, as it can reduce water use by almost 45% and energy use by about 65%.