Monthly Archives: September 2012

Preparing for Winter Energy Use

Winter is not yet upon us, but as the season changes the temperatures drop, and the quick transition often has people running for the heaters. Energy use in the winter is especially high, and so it is wise to prepare for the season in advance. With proper planning and preparation, bills can be lowered even before they go up. Many energy providers, like IDT Energy, offer advice and even home visits to help develop new energy-saving plans. offers 5 useful tips to prepare for winter months:

  • Place wooden shelves above your radiators and heaters. Shelving above a radiator forces hot air to circulate out and into the room, rather than shooting straight up to the ceiling and being lost. You’re trying not to start a fire here, so give it at least a foot of space in between.
  • Add wooden shutters. Wooden shutters help to insulate, so replace old blinds with them or add them to your kitchen and bedroom windows. They also add a natural elegance to any space.
  • Fit your radiator valves… By fitting radiator valves in your house or apartment, you can help regulate the temperature differently with each room…
  • Ditch the electric blanket. While they help you feel cozy, they’re terrible wasters of energy and energy dollars, so bundle up with an organic cotton blanket and a pair of warm, insulated slippers instead.
  • Invest in (or make) a few heating rice packs. They may not keep you warm through and through come January, but they’re perfect for chilly fall nights. These rice-and-grain-filled sacks can be heated in a microwave (if you haven’t ditched it yet!) or placed on a radiator for a few minutes until warmed…

Saving Energy at Home

Homes throughout the New York area often deal with unreasonably high electricity bills. Though some people accept the reality as inevitable, many realize that with a bit of effort they can reduce energy use, and thereby spending. First, consult your energy provider, like IDT Energy. Most companies will be able to assess your monthly use and make several useful suggestions.

Next, ask yourself the following questions from Energy Savers:

  • How much money do you spend on energy?
  • What are your greatest energy losses?
  • Do energy-saving measures provide additional benefits that are important to you, like increased comfort from installing double-paned, efficient windows?
  • How long do you plan to own your current home?
  • How much time do you have for maintenance and repairs?

In addition, simple behavioral changes and habits can significantly reduce energy use in your home. Discuss with family members or roommates, and be sure to stick with new policies.