Monthly Archives: January 2012

Choosing the Best Utility Services

Utility companies across the nation are fighting for your business.  That is why it is so important to read the fine print and ensure you are receiving the best service possible.  For example, IDT Energy prides itself on offering its customers “the power to choose.”  The company does not expect clients to sign contracts (hence giving them freedom to look around at other utility service providers); nor does it charge any cancellation fees (seeing what we offer is top quality, we don’t believe we need to force clients to stay); IDT Energy does not require any up-front fees or deposits; there are no interruptions to begin using our service; there are no special service calls to switch providers, etc.  In addition, IDT Energy is proud that it maintains jobs in America with customer care, sales and administrative teams located in the states we serve.  Building our nation is important to IDT Energy and we provide services to our customers in line with achieving that mission.

America is Saving on Utility Bills

Recent estimates from America’s Energy Department have indicated that the “typical” family in America is spending at least $2,000 per annum on its home utility bills.  So, if one wants to make savings in this area, what is the most efficient way of doing so?  Whether you are signed up with IDT Energy or any of the other service providers, it is always good to look into ways to reduce your bills.  Installing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and getting rid of any incandescent models you may have is a good start.

In addition, new on the market are kits assembled by TechniArt which have an array of different energy-saving lighting devices including desk lamps, night lights and CFLs.

More Good News for Americans

As we started the new year, the Energy Independence and Security Act (2007) came into effect which requires general-purpose light bulbs to be 30 percent more efficient.  This law will begin with 100-watt bulbs and then, by the end of January 2014, 40-watt bulbs will be included in the edict for improved standards.  According to the country’s Energy Department, “the new energy-saving light bulbs could save you about $50 per year when you replace 15 traditional incandescent bulbs in your home.”

New Year – New Energy Bills

Everyone, everywhere needs to do their bit for energy conservation.  And, by following some simple rules, this can be very easy to implement.  With whatever energy service provider you are using – IDT Energy, or any of the other big ones – conserving energy saves big bucks on bills. Now that we are well into the winter months, it is a good idea to really start making some changes.

First, get your home and office a programmable thermostat that can significantly reduce heating costs – in some cases up to 10 percent.  When in the premises, it should be set at 20 C, but when sleeping our out of the house, this can be reduced to 18 C.

A seemingly obvious piece of advice (but one that is all-too-often missed) is to ensure your property is well insulated and protected against drafts.  One easy way of doing this is to put in weatherstrip around doors, attic openings and air conditioning units.  This can lead to a saving on around 30 percent of heating costs.  As well, if the filter in the furnace is replaced every month and serviced professionally annually to ensure maximum running capacity, substantial energy savings will be made.

To save money on energy, if you use it during off-peak (i.e. cheaper) hours you could save money. If you are wondering how to do that without it impacting your life, think about the different times you can run your washer, dryer and dishwasher (it makes no difference to you if it’s on in the middle of the night, except for the financial savings you will enjoy).