Monthly Archives: March 2012

Programmable Thermostat Usage

 

Programmable thermostats are a good way to save on your IDT Energy bills.  While it may initially seem like a pricey investment, it seems that research has proven it can pay for itself within a year.  So how is it meant to be used to ensure it is most efficient?  The most important thing to do is to use it consistently.  If not, then one will not reap the conservation benefits.

Make sure the thermostat has four pre-programmed temperature settings.  This ensures one’s home or office stays at the correct temperature needed for different times of the day.  This is the main benefit of having this type of thermostat.  Some models even allow for different temperature setting on different days of the week (maybe some days one is at home a lot and other days, not so much).  For example, setting a furnace for a short time before one arrives home, provides for a warm and cozy homecoming, without getting a high utility bill at the end of the month.

Easy Energy-Saving Tips

It should not be so difficult for everyone to take on a few new habits to save on their IDT Energy bills.  By making a few minor modifications, anyone can transform their energy-zapping homes into one of conservation. It’s the little steps that add up to the major savings.

Here are a few ideas.  First, reduce the water spout as much as possible, especially during the warmer months.  Remember:  this can often utilize up to 50 percent of the entire electricity in the household.  Second, ensure windows are closed tightly during both the summer (when air-conditioning  is used) and the winter (when expenses are going on the heating system).  This prevents against air leaks.  Third, unplug any appliances when not in use, as leaving them in the socket – even when turned off – draws unnecessary power.

Another way to easily save on utility bills is to use appliances that take less – rather than more – energy.  When you absolutely have to use the energy-zapping appliances however, limit your time with them.  For example, the microwave and slow cooker are way more energy-efficient than the oven.  The rule of thumb is:  the bigger the appliance, the bigger the utility bill. Also, only fill up the kettle for what you need.

In addition, when using the washing machine, wherever possible, do a cycle on cold water as this will save up to 40 percent of energy that is used for heating water.  As well, it helps maintain the quality of the clothing, reducing wear and tear. Of course, towels, bed linen and heavily soiled garments do require hot water for washing, but most other items do not.  During the summer months, hang clothes out to dry rather than using the dryer.

These are just a few very simple, easy-to-implement tips, but they can make the world of difference when it comes to paying your utility bill.