Monthly Archives: October 2012

Involving Kids in Energy Saving

New York-based companies like IDT Energy understand the importance of responsible energy use at home. A big part of reducing costs is involving the entire family and educating children on the benefits and practicality of saving electricity.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has a website dedicated to kids. They explain the in home basics:

“The ability to heat and cool is one important accomplishment of modern technology. Our ovens, freezers, and homes can be kept at any temperature we choose, a luxury that wasn’t possible 100 years ago. But keeping our homes comfortable uses a lot of energy.

Lighting is also essential to a modern society. Lights have revolutionized the way we live, work and play. Most homes still use the traditional incandescent bulbs invented by Thomas Edison. These bulbs convert only about 10% of the electricity they use into the light; the other 90% is converted into the heat. In 1879, the average bulb produced only 14 lumens per watt, compared to about 17 lumens per watt from modern incandescent bulbs. By adding halogen gases, the efficiency can be increased to 20 lumens per watt.”

Water Heating Energy Saving Tips

Energy.gov recently held an online Twitter Chat to discuss energy efficiency and saving tips. Participants asked questions which were then answered by the site’s residential energy efficiency experts.

One JasjeetHanjrah tweeted:

“After home heating and cooling, what is the second largest area of energy consumption in the home, and how can I cut energy use in that area?”

The experts responded:

“Water heating is the next largest home energy load after heating and cooling. The best way to reduce water heating energy use is to ensure your water heater’s thermostat is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (you no longer have to set your water heater to a higher temperature to sanitize dishes if your dishwasher has a booster heater). Improvements such as installing low-flow faucets and showerheads, and insulating hot water pipes will also help you save money on water heating. Finally, if the water heater needs to be replaced (water heaters typically last 10-15 years), choose an energy efficient model with a .67 energy factor, or a tankless water heater with a .85 E.F. if you use natural gas as the fuel type. Another option for replacing your water heater is to install a heat pump water heater, which typically uses less electricity to heat water than conventional electric heaters…”

For more savings tips, contact your local energy provider, like IDT Energy in New York.