Monthly Archives: January 2013

What is ENERGY STAR?

New Yorkers and other Americans have been working with energy providers like IDT Energy to reduce energy use and increase savings. Many people are told to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances, or to look for Energy Star seals.

What does this mean?

According to EnergyStar.gov, Energy Star is a “joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”

The site adds that “results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars- all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.”

Energy Saving Tips from IDT Energy

Energy conservation and money-saving tips are in high demand as new technologies and solutions present themselves across the country. New York-based IDT Energy offers several hints for lowering bills and preserving the environment:

  • Lower your thermostat at night and whenever the house is unoccupied.
  • Close off unoccupied rooms so you aren’t heating or cooling them.
  • If you consistently set your thermostat back at night, you may reduce your heating bill by 10-20 percent. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you could save up to 5 percent on heating costs.